Reviews of my writing

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 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...

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...

Old News

        The Fiction of J. Storer Clouston and Beyond  –  an afternoon of writing inspired by J. Storer Clouston.   The Oystercatcher Girl is included in Wadham College Alumni summer reads Acrostics exhibition, Northlight, Stromness Review by Gabrielle Barnby Interview with Shirley Whiteside about writing The Oystercatcher Girl. The Oystercatcher Girl, excerpt in The Scotsman newspaper. The Oystercatcher Girl, press release in [...]Read more of Old News...