A Year and a Day

By this time next year the Orkney 2025 Island Games will have had its first day of competition. There will already be winners and losers, moments of success and disappointment will have passed. After observing many hours of youngsters playing sports, primarily football, I feel that while winning is the aim, losing really is where […]

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Across the Silent Sea – review

This review gave me goosebumps. To create out of ideas a world which lives in another’s mind gives such satisfaction. I will treasure this and I feel incredibly grateful for both the time and generosity to review my work. ‘‘The novel explores, on multiple levels, themes of pain, addiction, relationships, loss, language and change. It […]

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Some say we only have one month of good weather in Orkney.
But what’s so only about June?

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Homespun stockings itch. With the least feeling of warmth they rub my legs like a bear’s skin. Although I have not met or touched a real bear, I know they exist: white in the arctic where the whales swim, and brown in the forests where the trees prick the sky. I have homespun stockings. Today […]

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Travelling in a Strange Land

Travelling in a Strange Land David Park The perils of driving through snow provide an extended metaphor for the perils of parenthood in this deft and poetic narrative. There is simply no obvious reason why traction starts to be lost and it is impossible to predict, even with all the rational laws of physics, what […]

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Gabrielle Barnby