'The Oystercatcher Girl is a wonderfully evocative and deftly woven Orcadian story.'
I find joy in everyday happenings, give reverence to small moments that touch deeply and have the effect to change people's lives. Orkney is wild, romantic and inspirational. I have fallen in love with the place, it breathes life into my characters and spins them in different directions. High tide or low tide, flat calm or stormy seas everything can change where you go and what you do on an island. One thing's for certain, in a small community you certainly get to know your neighbours, whether you like it or not.
My collection The House With The Lilac Shutters and other stories was inspired by languid summers visiting a town at the base of the Pyrenees in France. They capture the magic and darkness of those long hot days.
More information on my work can be found at gabriellebarnby.com or thunderpoint.co.uk. I'm also on facebook and twitter.
I now live in Orkney, where I am involved in writing groups, as well as storytelling and creative workshops for children. My poetry, reviews and short stories have been published in a number of anthologies and magazines. Before I became a writer I studied Human Sciences at Oxford University and received a Phd for research into the molecular genetics of autism.