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Farewell Living Orkney

I picked up the last issue of Living Orkney on Thursday. Inside its cover were many familiar things. Some items do become familiar to the point of becoming invisible, like wellington boots marooned by the back door all summer until October when they are picked up again, like the smart woollen coat worn when it’s […]

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There Were Six

There Were Six, Poem, Gabrielle Barnby. January 2020.

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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...

Key

Key Hush little baby, A hundred times, Serenade to the ocean of sleep mother and the deep. The hat’s on the sun Shining loud as church bells Skipping street-free In bright season of green. Curse the comparison Of public choir And sweet-voiced solos That pops private bubbles of bliss. A voice the size of a […]

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The Heart and Soul of Orkney

The Heart and Soul of Orkney, an entertaining evening. St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Stromness was nearly full to capacity on Friday evening as folk from far and wide gathered to hear music, song, poetry and prose to celebrate The Heart and Soul of Orkney. The Autumn Foy was ably hosted by Rev Tom Miller and […]

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