Donald S Murray says he is “delighted” to hear that he has just received a travel award from Society of Authors that will enable him to journey to Cape Breton in Canada to complete his latest book. “My thanks to them,” he says.
The Society of Authors says: “Each year we are thrilled to be able to support a number of writers with their works in progress through grants from the Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust.
“This year is no exception – with over 70 authors awarded nearly £185,000 this month, helping them with research costs and giving them valuable time to focus on their latest writing projects.
“These grants support writers to do what they do best, helping them to bring exciting new work into the world – from a range of genres and styles and at all stages of their literary careers – without worrying about financial pressures or time constraints.”
Donald S Murray is on a tour of Scotland just now. Calum Macleod from Inverness said on Faecbook: “Great to catch up with Donald S Murray, an old school friend and now an accomplished author, at the Nairn Book and Arts Festival today (Wednesday September 11).
“Donald gave an excellent talk with readings from his latest book ‘As the Women Lay Dreaming’, a novel based on the true story of the Iolaire disaster and the subsequent effect it had on the local community.
“He was accompanied by a band who performed a number of songs relating to the disaster and the audience were totally captivated throughout with some being clearly moved by the event.
“Donald + band are performing a full concert at the Uig Community Centre in Lewis at 7:30pm this Saturday which will be a ‘must see’ event for anyone in the area.”
Donald said of the Nairn show: “Very moved by some of the reactions to ‘As The Women Lay Dreaming’ today. One woman was weeping so much she was unable to say her own name. Another woman said she didn’t think she’d ever be able to forget the sound of my voice. I also had a conversation with a woman of German background whose story is still echoing in my head. She spoke about her great uncle who had called his home Merton - or something similar. He never spoke about World War One but when he died, they discovered that the house name referred to a part of the battle of the Somme where he had been wounded and his brother killed.
Hope I got that right. The talk was rushed but very touching and moving.
My thanks to the wonderful people who accompanied me today - Calum A Macmillan, Donald Anderson and Liza Mulholland. It was great to have you alongside.”