Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums

Gousters, Glims & Veerie-orums is a collection o wark written be the group, Orkney Voices. Hid started up as pert o a Scottish PEN project, Many Voices, an kept gan efter hid feeneeshed, under the umbrella o the GMB Fellowship. Since then thir produced a mense o wark. This is some o hid here.

The title haes three good Orkney wirds: 

Gouster: a sharp breeze o wind or an ootburst o language

Glim: a glimmer, a blink o light or fire

Veerie-orums: patterns or ornamentation in Orcadian; but hid originates in the Latin ‘variorum’, which noo usually means a book wae contributions fae different writers.

On the 17 October 2021 we marked a hunder year since the birth o Orkney’s best-kent an, tae a lot o fokk, best-loved writer, George Mackay Brown. The GMB Fellowship thowt that a collection o wark fae Orkney Voices wid be a grand wey tae mark his centenary.

Selected and edited by Alison Miller 
with a foreword by Simon Hall

First published in 2021 by The George Mackay Brown Fellowship

The writers

Moyra Brown, Lorraine Bruce, Vera Butler, Sheila Garson, Ingrid Grieve, Issie Grieve, Caroline Hume, Barbara Johnston, Alison Miller, Greer Norquoy, Barbara West.


First published in 2021 by The George Mackay Brown Fellowship

Design and layout: Iain Ashman 

Cover image: Ingrid Grieve

Printed by: The Orcadian Ltd, Hell’s Half Acre, Hatston, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1DY

Product details

Limp bound book: 160 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9566616-6-1

To Purchase

Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums is available from:

Stromness Books and Prints – drop in at 3 Graham Place, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3BY, or order by telephone 01856 850565.

The Orcadian Bookshop – drop in at 14 Albert Street, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1HP, or order online at https://www.orcadian.co.uk/shop/

GMB Fellowship website – see below.

Gousters, Glims and Veerie-orums: writeen fae Orkney Voices

Poems and prose in Orcadian from Orkney Voices – 11 Orkney writers. Price includes UK postage and packing.


Where next?


Orkney Voices

Wark fae Orkney Voices

Alison Miller

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