The GMB Fellowship has published a variety of books and pamphlets which include writing by people of all ages and reflect our aim to encourage new writing in all the languages of Orkney. They include anthologies of poems, short stories and non-fiction by Orkney writers and visiting writers. Among their pages you will find writing in English, Scots – including Orcadian and Shetlandic – and Italian.

As well as work by adults, we have published collections of writing and artwork by children and young people throughout Orkney. We also have an introduction to Orkney writers, That Bright Lifting Tide, commissioned by our young writers group, Wirdsmit, and compiled and edited by writer Alison Miller with a foreword by former Scots Makar Liz Lochhead.

Our latest publication

All our publications have been designed by graphic designer and illustrator Iain Ashman who lives and works in Orkney.

To find out more about individual books and pamphlets, click on the links beneath the heading Our Books below.

Free downloads

Pamphlets of work from the St Magnus Festival Orkney Writers Course directed by Pam Beasant with co-tutor Jen Hadfield can be downloaded free when you click the links below.

Where to purchase our books

You will find most of our books on sale from booksellers in Orkney:

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

GMB Fellowship website – see Our Books below.

Our Books

You can order most of our books here on our website – just click on the titles below. Please note that That Bright Lifting Tide is no longer available.

Orkney Writers Course

The following titles are free downloads. Click on each title to find out more and to download.

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