New writing

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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Swan

She counted them on her fingers; one, two, three; like swans flying overhead with grey undersides and cloud bellies. One, two, three. A swish through the air, a brief, repeating, soft-whistling note the only thing that drew attention to the animal’s passing. From where she stood at the edge of the wood she had no […]

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Making of the Man

The Making of the Man Inspired by J Storer Clouston – front cover image for Carrington’s Cases & the title from A Lunatic at Large. In another era his face would have been less conspicuously out of place. He could have been bulbous-nosed and peeled-wally without much undue attention coming his way. even the strands [...]Read more of Making of the Man...

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...