Donald Murray

Donald Murray


Donald S Murray is a Gaelic speaking poet, author, teacher and occasional dramatist who was raised in Ness, Isle of Lewis and now lives even farther north in the South Mainland of Shetland. 

His novel ‘As the Women Lay Dreaming’ (Saraband) was inspired by the Iolaire disaster near Stornoway in January 1919. This was shortlisted for a number of awards and won the Paul Torday Memorial Prize for 2020.

Also published in that year is ‘The Man Who Talks To Birds’ (Saraband), a collection of poems inspired by the beginning of lockdown. Two books will be appearing in 2021.

His new novel, ‘In a Veil of Mist’ (Saraband) is published in March 2021. His latest non-fiction book, ‘For the Safety of All – the Story of Scotland’s Lighthouses’ (HES) appears at the end of May. For more information, visit