Orkney Islands

A Countrywoman’s Diary

A Countrywoman’s Diary Bessie Skea The richness and timelessness of Skea’s prose draws the reader into the Orcadian landscape, gently lifting the veil of seeing out of habit rather than looking from their eyes. Bessie takes the reader through the seasons with joy, with humour and with an eye that is determined in the act […]

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ASLE talk

People, poems and place: Stromness an acrostic town. Gabrielle Barnby ASLE conference, 5-7th Sept, Orkney   ‘There is no skill or enchantment To make the old coat green, There can be at best, now A flung or fated pattern of patches’ Excerpt from An Old Man in July by George Mackay Brown, Northern Lights (1999)   […]

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Wonderlust

Wonderlust   Earth shell spirals galaxy on wet mornings; caution busy feet, move slow so grounded gaze can pick out delicate round snailings from angular gravel spat by road; leaving the clover and dock and vetch of safety, drawn underfoot to spring small moments of guilt from never being careful enough.   Gabrielle Barnby August, [...]Read more of Wonderlust...

Orkney & Links

Orkney Writing Community There's such richness in the landscape and the people here, such encouragement for any endeavour. I've found time for writing – even when it's seemed quite impossible. There's silence enough for thinking and writing, and then there's sharing and laughing. Writing is a serious business, but it must be regularly laughed at with friends [...]Read more of Orkney & Links...

Book Club Questions: The Oystercatcher Girl

The Oystercatcher Girl by Gabrielle Barnby General Questions Is The Oystercatcher Girl a romance? Is there a hero or heroine in The Oystercatcher Girl? Whose life changes most because of what happened on the night of the party? What role does the landscape have in shaping the narrative of The Oystercatcher Girl? Is there any […]

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