Orkney Islands

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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The Oystercatcher Girl

The Oystercatcher Girl ‘Set amidst the spectacular scenery of the Orkney Islands, Gabrielle Barnby's skilfully plotted first novel is a beautifully understated story of deception and forgiveness, love and redemption.' 'This literary, mindful novel has a spiritual quality and yet is firmly grounded in everyday predicaments of love, loss and secrets.’ Christina's story is about life [...]Read more of The Oystercatcher Girl...