A young filmmaker based on the Isle of Lewis will be producing the movie based on The Women Lay Dreaming, the acclaimed new novel by Lewis writer Donald S Murray exploring how generations of the same family were affected by the legacy of the tragedy, which struck when a naval yacht crashed into rocks near Stornoway in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 1919.
The project, which has won the backing of a new talent project to find “Scotland’s filmmakers of the future” being funded by the BBC and Channel 4, is being undertaken by John Murdo MacAulay, aged 25.
Donald S Murray has been given a place on the shortlist for Best First Novel of the Year for his work As The Women Lay Dreaming, a novel set amid the Iolaire disaster.
Donald said last night: "I'm astonished and amazed to reach the final hurdle in the Authors Club shortlist for the Best First Novel of the Year. I never dreamed this would happen!
February 2019 found Donald S Murray at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre as part of the Winter Words Festival.
He appeared with Robin A Crawford, author of Into The Peatlands on February 15th (They are pictured below)
In his book Robin A. Crawford explores the peatlands of Lewis. He explains how they have come to be and also considers how peat has been used for millennia, principally as a fuel but also, amongst other things, as a key element in the whisky-making process.
Donald S Murray was welcomed to Stornoway again on Tuesday 12 February with a well-attended event that began in the Education Room at Museum nan Eilean in Lews Castle at 7pm.
He was there to talk about his most recent novel ‘As The Women Lay Dreaming’, exploring the effect the loss of the Iolaire had both on him and the Lewis community and noted from those attending, that this was a different audience from those which had attended the formal launch in An Lanntair in late 2018.
Renowned writer Donald S Murray returned to his roots in North Lewis on Friday February 8th to give a creative writing class at Comunn Eachdraidh Nis – now housed in the former Cross school which Donald attended as a youngster.
Greeting many friends and former neighbours in the centre’s temporary café beforehand, he pointed out that he last remembered being in that building when he was a pupil and it was the school canteen.
He is pictured above as the participants - many neighbours and former colleagues - gathered for the course.