Gabrielle Barnby, author and creative practitioner, Orkney.
Every day we talk, describe, ponder, gossip and imagine life outside our own experience. My passion is to creatively transform these glimpses and wonderings into poetry that moves the soul and narratives that stir the imagination. I write in a range of forms and styles and I’m sure there is something you’re going to enjoy.
The Oystercatcher Girl, is set in the wild and beautiful landscape of the remote Orkney Islands, mystery, danger and romance spill from the pages. My collection of short stories, The House with the Lilac Shutters and other stories, is set in the warm foothills of the Pyrenees and explores the secrets and passions of interconnected lives. Peace-Land commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first world war and follows the internment and scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. Death in April Creek is a page turning thriller set in New Zealand written under my pen name Helena Cooke.
A Way Out, And A Way In is my first poetry collection. My aim was to create a collection that was personal and accessible, something that I would find pleasurable to put together and share.
‘There are always imperfections, they are my troublesome companions on the road to insight.
I couldn’t go anywhere without them.’
When not writing I host a variety of workshops. Currently, I tutor ‘Discovering Your Creative Self’ with Orkney Creative Hub at No25. These on-line sessions discover and rediscover creative awareness through tasks and reflections. I’m also involved in community arts events in Orkney through Stromness Writing Group and am programme leader for Wirdsmit, Orkney’s writing group for children and young people.
If you have read my work please leave a review somewhere, they are essential encouragement and they make a huge difference to small publishers.
Read my review of ‘May We Borrow Your Country’ on Riggwelter.
Delighted to have two poems in the Simmer issue of The New Shetlander
Preview of Death in April Creek in The Orcadian newspaper.
My flash fiction piece Dust will be appearing in Issue 39 of Northwords Now
Last issue of Living Orkney, proud to have my poem Bivalvia and a little piece called Woman, the Ba’ included.
Very happy for Miss Baikie is a Witch to be shortlisted for the Federation of Writers Scotland Short Story Competition.
Partnered with dance artist Julia McGhee for One Day to Play. She transformed my words into movement and gave a brilliant performance inspired by the birds around the Peedie Sea.
Pleased as punch to be announced winner of the GMB screenwriting competition this year. It was a privilege to find inspiration Orcadian film maker Margaret Tait’s writing. This year marks the centenary of her birth her writing was inspiration for my screenplay Rise.
Delighted to be shortlisted for the Bridport Prize with ‘Fluking’ a short story I wrote last year after visiting Bergen.
Gabrielle Barnby and Sara Bailey, appearing in the Orkney Book Festival 9th-12th November.
The Oystercatcher Girl, excerpt in The Scotsman newspaper.
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The Tern – Inspired by the birds around the Peedie Sea.
A Countrywoman’s Diary written for The Heart and Soul of Orkney autumn Foy.
Stromness Per Mare street name acrostic
Poems written to celebrate Magnus 900.