Scottish

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...

The Tern

The Tern, Gabrielle Barnby, Julia McGhee, National Theatre Scotland, One Day to Play, poetry, dance, birds, tern.
One Day to Play For one day National Theatre Scotland teamed up with the Orkney Folk Festival to bring together different artists and give them a chance to work together. It was a privilege to be partnered with dance artist Julia McGhee (twitter @McGheeJulia) who transformed my words into movement and gave a brilliant performance [...]Read more of The Tern...

Waverley

Waverley Sir Walter Scott Anonymously published in 1814 Waverley became an astounding success. While Scott toured the lighthouses of the Northern Isles his book was being avidly consumed by a reading public whose appetite for historical fiction would grow and grow. The birth of a genre is not without it pains and Waverley at over […]

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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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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...