Sara Bailey and Gabrielle Barnby at the Orkney Book Festival 2017


On an evening that starts with Orkney’s past and its links with our patron saint, St Magnus, we move to the present with locally based authors Sara Bailey & Gabrielle Barnby. They will read from their debut novels and from other work, bringing to life the sometimes febrile relationships between adolescent girls and love rivalries amongst women, acted out against the backdrop of a landscape that stirs deep emotions.

Friday 10 November at 8pm right after the GMB Memorial lecture in The Warehouse Buildings, Stromness. This will be followed by an Open Mic session featuring members of Stromness Writing Group.

SARA BAILEY: author, consultant and lecturer, has worked with writers from Southampton to Shetland and various points in between. Currently she is working on her second novel, The Incomer, and writing the Creative Writing Degree for UHI launching in 2018. Non-Fiction: Writing the Horror Movie (Bloomsbury in 2013). Fiction: Dark Water (Nightingale 2016).

GABRIELLE BARNBY moved with her family to Orkney in 2011. She writes in a variety of styles and enjoys being involved in local writing workshops and events. Her first novel The Oystercatcher Girl and her collection The House with the Lilac Shutters and other stories are both published by ThunderPoint.

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