Free Reads

Free Reads

This is a collection of my work that is available on-line in various places. Please enjoy these tasters and then seriously consider contributing to their continued production by taking the plunge and purchasing one of my books.

The Oystercatcher Girl

The House With The Lilac Shutters and other stories

Short stories

Listener – a dark Orcadian tale.

Jeopardy – all is not what it seems between two old friends on a shopping trip to Sydney.

Widow Kharms’ Guesthouse – inspired by a book on Russian Absurdist Literature. Russia’s Lost Literature of the Absurd Selected works of Danil Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky Translated and edited by George Gibian, 1974.

Hostel – two walkers find good company.

Flash Fiction 

Creative response to 200 Years of Diaries, Life’s Documents ChronicledDiary continuationThoughts on Bert and V. and Fluffy and Thoughts on Miss Burke

Summer Void – a little story about hide and seek.

Gift – a seasonal short.

F# – it is very loud in here.


The Maker – inspired by a photograph by Annie Wright

Margaret’s Lookout – inspired by a visit to St Olav’s Cemetery

Cutting Willow – inspired by winter gardening.


George Mackay Brown 20th anniversary celebration poems.

The Blessing

Here, now

Gold Diggers

Between Time

Left behind by others, we notice more.


Acrostic poems

Khyber Pass



Magnus 900 poems

Go to your knees


Magnus and the Crow




Orkney Book Festival

Stromness Per Mare street name acrostics exhibition.

200 Years of Diaries, Life’s Documents Chronicled from 1800-2000.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Waves by Jared Carnie

Book Reviews

Magnus 900, poems, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, 2017. Will you bide a bit longer?

Magnus 900 – a reflection on a special year. Film produced by Start Point Media. Poems/reading by Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, 2017.

Gabrielle Barnby, tea and florentines
Sydney Australia Gabrielle Barnby
Orkney Archive, Kirkwall Library, 200 years of diaries, Dylan Stone, Gabrielle Barnby
Gift, Gabrielle Barnby, Seasonal Short, Stromness Writing Group, Christmas 2016, Winter, personal.
Newark Bay, Orkney by Gabrielle Barnby
Writing at an Orkney beach, Gabrielle Barnby, romance, mystery, scottish islands, books, The Oystercatcher Girl, The House with the lilac shutters
Romance, mystery, Scotland, Islands, Gabrielle Barnby, Khyber Pass, acrostic, Stromness, Orkney, poem
Review, Magnus, George Mackay Brown, Gabrielle Barnby, Orkney, books.