Welcome, Orkney, Scottish romance

Gabrielle Barnby is an Orkney based writer of adult and children’s fiction, short stories and poetry. She is the author of  The Oystercatcher Girl and The House With the Lilac Shutters and other stories.

Everyone tells stories. Every day we talk, describe, ponder, gossip and imagine life outside our own experience. My passion is to transform these glimpses and wonderings into stories.

My first novel, The Oystercatcher Girl, is set in the wild and beautiful landscape of the remote Orkney Islands, Scotland. Mystery, danger and romance spill from the pages.

In the medieval splendour of St Magnus Cathedral, three women gather to mourn the untimely passing of Robbie. But all is not as it seems: what is the relationship between the three women, and Robbie? What secrets do they hide? And who has really betrayed who?

My collection of short stories, The House with the Lilac Shutters and other stories, was longlisted in The Edge Hill Short Story competition, and has been warmly received by the Scottish press. Both books are published by ThunderPoint a small publisher that began life on the tumultuous shores of the western isles.

Romance, mystery, Scotland, Gabrielle Barnby, The Oystercatcher Girl, The House With The Lilac Shutters

Take a moment to explore the events I’m involved with and find out something about how I work.

If you have a response to something I have written please send your comments or find me on twitter. Reviews are treasure.

Romance, Scotland, The Oystercatcher Girl, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, love, forgiveness, redemption, Thunderpoint, fiction, debut novel.
‘… a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption.’
House with the Lilac Shutters and other stories by Gabrielle Barnby. Short stories, fiction, Orkney, Thunderpoint.
‘This is utterly original story-making of a very high quality, brave in its scope and range.’

In keeping with my resolution to write about what I read here is my review of Ling Di Long, the new poetry collection from Sammantha Wynn-Rhydderch.

Ling Di Long, Poetry pamphlet, Sammantha Wynn-Rhydderch, review, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, Book reviews.

The 100th anniversary of Murial Spark also seems a good time to post a review of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.



Magnus 900, poems, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, 2017. Will you bide a bit longer?

Magnus 900 – a reflection on a special year. Film produced by Start Point Media. Poems/reading by Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, 2017.

Orkney Book Festival, 2017, Gabrielle Barnby, The Oystercatcher Girl, Scottish, islands.

Book festival review.

Norq from Ork, Gabrielle Barnby, The Oystercatcher Girl, scottish, Orkney, romance, thriller, mental health. interview.

Lovely review of The Oystercatcher Girl by Sarah Norquoy on her blog Norq from Ork. Peedie interview as well.

Gabrielle Barnby, Sara Bailey, Orkney, book, festival, scottish, islands, thriller, mystery, romance.

Gabrielle Barnby and Sara Bailey, appearing in the Orkney Book Festival 9th-12th November.

Wadham College, Oxford, Gabrielle Barnby, Alumni, Oystercatcher Girl, Orkney, writer, reads

The Oystercatcher Girl is included in Wadham College Alumni summer reads

Acrostics exhibition, Northlight, Stromness Writing Group, Gabrielle Barnby, Per Mare, 200 years, celebration.

Acrostics exhibition, Northlight, Stromness Review by Gabrielle Barnby

Gabrielle Barnby, The Oystercatcher Girl, Orkney, writer, debut, novel, Shirley Whiteside, Booked, Pulse

Interview with Shirley Whiteside about writing The Oystercatcher Girl.


The Scotsman, The Oystercatcher Girl, Gabrielle Barnby, new novel, Orkney, Writer

The Oystercatcher Girl, excerpt in The Scotsman newspaper.

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A poem inspired by an Annie Wright photograph

The Maker

Gabrielle Barnby, poem, Orkney, The Maker, Christmas 2017, AnnieWrightPhotography-Derry-






Book review – Magnus, George Mackay Brown.

Review, Magnus, George Mackay Brown, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, books.

Stromness Per Mare street name acrostic

Khyber Pass

Gabrielle Barnby, Khyber Pass, acrostic, Stromness, Orkney, poem

Poems written to celebrate Magnus 900.

Go to your knees


Magnus and the Crow



St Magnus church Birsay, Magnus 900, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, poetry