Wirdsmit – Orkney young writers

On Saturday I facilitated another young persons workshop for Wirdsmit. It was a frisky day with freezing wind from the north and hailstones gathering in the gutter. The miles dropped off the electric car quickly as I drove to Stromness, but there would be a tail wind back. Our theme was ‘The Hidden Horror’ and […]

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Guesting on Cal Flyn’s writers’ blog

A couple of weeks ago Cal Flyn generously invited me to be on her writers’ blog for Stromness Books and Prints. Stromness Books and Prints is a unique bookshop that is stacked from floor to ceiling with excellent publications. See the photo below – yes, it is packed with books. I warn you, this is […]

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Scotland’s Indie Book festival

It was a long but good day on Saturday – I was up at 5.00 to catch the Pentalina from St Margaret’s Hope to Gills Bay then drove down to Helmsdale for the book festival. It was a simply stunning morning, calm and rare. Scotland’s Indie Book Festival celebrated local authors of all ages and […]

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Across the Silent Sea – finding my voice

Hurrah! The book has been launched with tea and scones. It was a sultry afternoon, but folk fought through the humid Orcadian air and assembled in the MacGillivray Room to listen to some readings from Across the Silent Sea. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Sara Bailey who hosted the even for asking […]

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A Constant Calling to Write

This summer my new novel Across The Silent Sea is released by Sparsile Books. It is an exploration of personal recovery, forgiveness and family. The central character is Esther and just thinking of her makes me smile. If you could describe her as a flavour it would be ‘umami’. She is complex and rich, like laughter and […]

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Gabrielle Barnby