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Hampden Park – BRAW WORDS

Braw Words – The Hampden Park Collections I’m delighted to be the new Maker of the Braw Words collection at the Hampden Collections where football and poetry link up. I can’t wait to cheer on all the youngsters who have a shot at writing or finding poems and submitting them to Braw Words. Football and […]

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SHIPS – launch day huddle

  Saturday was a gala day for the newly formed Scottish Highlands and Islands Poetry Society with successful launches on-line and at Waterstones Inverness. This week has been full of ‘feel good’ satisfaction at two events that both sailed smoothly. Just as ‘chance favours the prepared mind’ I think any successful endeavour requires a large […]

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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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Farewell Living Orkney

I picked up the last issue of Living Orkney on Thursday. Inside its cover were many familiar things. Some items do become familiar to the point of becoming invisible, like wellington boots marooned by the back door all summer until October when they are picked up again, like the smart woollen coat worn when it’s […]

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There Were Six

There Were Six, Poem, Gabrielle Barnby. January 2020.

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Gabrielle Barnby