'Murray is an evocative painter of landscapes and a deeply sympathetic writer.'
Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail

'He writes with an inherent understanding of Highland culture, language, and way of life.'
The Herald

'...one of the great lyrical writers of our time.'
Cathy Macdonald

Donald S Murray took his “roadshow” to Orkney Library on Thursday October 10th.

There was a good turn-out at the event in Junction Road, Kirkwall.

There is continued deep interest in what happened in the small hours of January 1st, 1919, when the cruellest twist of fate changed the lives of an entire community.

Donald’s novel, As the Women Lay Dreaming, explores how a single event can so dramatically impact communities, individuals and, indeed, our very souls.  It’s main character Tormod Morrison was there that terrible night on board HMY Iolaire when it smashed into rocks and sank, killing some 201 servicemen on the very last leg of their long journey home from war.


In Kirkwall, Donald notes that he also received Orkney fudge, cheese, oatmeal biscuits and a small bottle of Highland Park whisky.

“My thanks to Karen, Steven (who designed the poster) and the rest of the team. I felt very welcome. My thanks too to Rhos Mhairi and Dave for their hospitality.

On Facebook, Fran Flett Hollinrake said: “Thank you to Donald for coming to Orkney and telling us about As the Women Lay Dreaming. It’s a very poetic, moving novel - highly recommended!”


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