Celebrating island identities The Orkney Island Games write and response project

The project and its aims

Celebrate the many voices of island communities with words, images and conversations.

Orkney Islands Council have commissioned Gabrielle Barnby to be Scrivener for the Orkney 2025 Island Games. She aims to inspire and compile pieces of writing from island groups participating in Orkney 2025 Island Games and produce a dazzling collection of words and responses that captures the rich diversity of voices present in island communities.

Orkney Arts, Museums and Heritage will be showcasing submissions on-line and in a beautiful, unique pocket-book featuring images from community members working with Solisquoy Printmakers.

Join the Orkney 2025 Island Games collaborative write and response project.

Submissions are invited in a wide variety of prose styles including memoir, nature writing, descriptions of place, season and celebrations, diaries, personal reflections and historical narratives. You do not need to be a published writer, or even consider yourself a writer at all, everyone is welcome to try their hand. There are three prompts to start you writing journey or simply set your own compass and away you go.

Once original pieces have been submitted participants will be invited to read and respond to writing submitted from a different island group. This will create a conversation that will be incorporated into the final publication.


The Prompts

‘The essence of Orkney’s magic is silence, loneliness, and the deep marvellous rhythms of sea and land, darkness and light.’

‘Keep on birlan wae the wather.’ 

‘Home: Where you claim from, where all seek to claim, where claims.’

Submission Information

  • Entry is free

  • Work must be original.

  • Deadline for original submissions Monday 26th May 2025

  • Deadline for responses Monday 2nd June 2025

  • Maximum word count – 250 words

  • Submissions may be in any language

  • All submissions are through the on-line form

  • All writers give permission for the organisers to display work online and in the final Orkney 2025 Island Games booklet

  • Writers retain copyright ownership

  • A contact email is required to complete the submission form

  • For more information contact Scrivener Gabrielle Barnby (gabybarnby@gmail.com)

Additional Information

For more information regarding the 2025 Islands Games Voices project please follow link : additional information

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