Reviews of my writing

Peace – Land

Reflection - remembrance - response A hundred winters have passed since the internment of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow. Agreement over the fate of the Fleet would ultimately never be reached, forestalled by the dramatic acts of its officers and crew in June 1919. These verses reflect upon time spent waiting for [...]Read more of Peace – Land...

2017 Reading List

Reading List 2017 Paula Rego, Jane Eyre – Introduced by Mariana Warner Philip Larkin, Collected Poems Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run Michael Frayn, Spies Maya Angelou, Still I Rise Rosemary Sutcliffe, Eagle of the Ninth Italo Calvino, Italian Folk Tales Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings PD James, A Certain Justice Simon Armitage, The […]

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Book Reviews

A View of the Harbour Elizabeth Taylor The ordinary moments that make up the every day only rarely combine with excursions into a more dramatic world. Taylor rends life as it is lived, mostly trite, often within one’s own head and rarely anything close to romantic. It is not that the prosaic and sensible living [...]Read more of Book Reviews...

Free Reads & Book Reviews

Free Reads A winter and summer feast Countrywoman's Diary II - December Countrywoman's Diary I – August 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 [...]Read more of Free Reads & Book Reviews...

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...