Contemporary fiction

Rise

RISE This is the opening of my screenplay Rise, winner of the 2018 George Mackay Brown Writing Competition. It was inspired by two Margaret Tait poems, Queen on Horseback and Face-kicking, both from her collection The Hen and the Bees. An audio recording of Queen on Horseback is also available at at the Scottish National Poetry Library sound archive. [...]Read more of Rise...

Swan

She counted them on her fingers; one, two, three; like swans flying overhead with grey undersides and cloud bellies. One, two, three. A swish through the air, a brief, repeating, soft-whistling note the only thing that drew attention to the animal’s passing. From where she stood at the edge of the wood she had no […]

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Free Reads & Book Reviews

Free Reads This year marks the centenary of the birth of the Orcadian film maker, writer and poet Margaret Tait. Her writing was inspiration for this screenplay which won the 2018 George Mackay Brown Fellowship Writing Competition. Rise Short stories Listener – a dark Orcadian tale, winner of the 2015 George Mackay Brown Fellowship Writing Competition.. Jeopardy – [...]Read more of Free Reads & Book Reviews...

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 [...]Read more of Welcome, Orkney, Scottish romance...