Gabrielle F. Culmer

About the Author

    Gabrielle F. Culmer's first collection of poetry, Blue Streams to Paradise, was published in 2006, her first novel,  A Matter of Keeping, was published in 2009, Damp Whisper  in 2012, Arrive by Dusk, her third novel, in 2013, Restoring Patterns in 2016 and Where Lives Lead  in 2017. Newly published poetry is Glenely Bay and Nostalgia from Paris in 2014.


     Culmer has received university qualifications in New York, England and Chicago. Culmer enjoys traveling to Europe and New York, and reading history.

       Culmer enjoyed studying the works of Shakespeare,
 Wordsworth, Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot. When active in tennis, horseback riding and guitar lessons, she still enjoyed the literature of
The  Chronicles of Narnia, Paddington Bear and The Nancy Drew Mysteries.  She enjoyed travelling to the city at a young age with family and spending the summers with the family on Eleuthera.  The island exposure influenced  A Matter of Keeping and  the poem, Glenely Bay.

Other Classic influences were Ernest Hemingway's, The Sun Also Rises, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Canterbury Tales, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, Voltaire's Candide, Germinal by Emile Zola, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Aristotles' The Politics, Doris Lessing, The Great Gatsby, and Octavio Paz. Also, books by Nathaniel Hawthorne, T.S. Eliot, Zora Neal Hurston and Aristophanes.

         For years, New Year’s Day was spent in historic Nassau at her aunt’s historical residence near Government house, once one of the oldest residential homes in Nassau, and built in the 1700's. She also has an outstanding war veteran family history for the island.

        Her upbringing included retail clothing and marketing  because her mother was a boutique owner from a clothing family who would travel often to NY as a buyer. Her aunt in NY worked for a successful designer for decades (Arnold Scaasi), while another aunt was a model in London whose European network through merchandise was carried in the upscale boutique downtown in Nassau. This has inspired a new work, Restoring Patterns, as well as the poem, Weave. Culmer enjoyed spending Saturdays at the boutique among the merchandise and fabrics while her father's business was close in proximity. The business environment influenced her business studies in New York.


        After university in NY, and living in cultural Greenwich Village, she moved to study in historical Kent, England influenced by her father’s educational experience and her first visits as a teenager with family. Her fond memories as a teen of languid August holidays and of three course lunches at friends’ homes in and around London playing croquet inspired her novels. She also has fond memories of her aunt's  lovely British summer fruit pudding, scones and clotted cream. This exposure along with her more recent experiences in the country inspired Damp Whisper,  initially drafted in New York after a long hiatus from London. Her father also took the family to the Scottish Highlands. A country of origin which was inspiring.

         The strong connection between London and Nassau allowed her to pursue training near Chancery Lane, and later ignited family research on the islands afterwards. She has been researching the history of villagers of 370 years from the early settlers via Somers Isles.

          She has been able to enjoy an eclectic aspect of life from many places with positive influences and the subject matters she has chosen. Her publishing started with the compilation of Blue Streams to Paradise,  published in 2006 and continued until  

Restoring Patterns, her fourth novel, in 2016 and Glenely Bay and Nostalgia from Paris in 2014. These later books were written during stays in France where she was enchanted by its colourful history and distinct culture.