Tuesday 12 February - Museum nan Eilean
In the small hours of January 1st, 1919, the cruelest twist of fate changed at a stroke the lives of an entire community.
Tormod Morrison was there that terrible night. He was on board HMY Iolaire when it smashed into rocks and sank, killing some 200 servicemen on the very last leg of their long journey home from war. For Tormod – a man unlike others, with artistry in his fingertips – the disaster would mark him indelibly.
Two decades later, Alasdair and Rachel are sent to the windswept Isle of Lewis to live with Tormod in his traditional blackhouse home, a world away from the Glasgow of their earliest years. Their grandfather is kind, compassionate, but still deeply affected by the remarkable true story of the Iolaire shipwreck – by the selfless heroism and desperate tragedy he witnessed.
Author DS Murray will talk about his moving novel ‘As The Women Lay Dreaming’, exploring the effect the loss of the Iolaire had both on him and the Lewis community.
The talk will be held in the Education room at Museum nan Eilean.