Former Galloway teacher turns to life of writing

Barry Litherland
Barry Litherland

A former Galloway head teacher has turned to a life of novel writing from his Highlands home.

Barry Litherland, who was head teacher at Leswalt, Borgue and Lincluden primary schools over a 25 year period, released his debut novel, The Cave, to rave reviews.

Barry, who once lived near Stranraer, Elrig and then Kirkcudbright, said: “I now live about six miles from John O’Groats on the North Coast of Caithness.

“For the last few years, between cycling expeditions, mountain andcliff walks and photography I have been successfully working as a self employed author, something which I had planned to do for years after a successful early foray in Lancashire.”

Barry has now completed three novels which will be published over the next two years. Two of them are set in the mountains of the North West Highlands, albeit in a fictional landscape. The other is town based and is provisionally called The Cyclist.

The Cave takes the reader through a staggering discovery high in the mountains and onto the tangled web that enfolds in the nearby ferry town.

All three are crime mysteries although the most recent has a marked amount of humour and draws on some of Barry’s professionalexperiences.

The Cave is available from Amazon as a paperback at £8.99 or as an e-book at £5.14 or from Barry himself. See his website and blog or