Praise for As the Women Lay Dreaming:

'A powerful novel… A poignant exploration of love, loss and survivor’s guilt.'
Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

'It’s the kind of book you want to read again as soon as you finish it,
because you know there is so much that will be revealed on that second reading.'

Alan Massie, The Scotsman

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Award-winning author, Donald S Murray, is one of seven visiting artists taking part in the Gibraltar 2019 Natwest International Island Games, Art Residency.  He is pictured above with two young Gibraltarians, Gabriela and Zoe.

The visiting artists are joined by a number of Gibraltar-based creatives.  Together, they are exploring a range of topics and sites in Gibraltar aimed at stimulating creative production.

Donald S Murray has been in Gibraltar at the start of July 2019 as part of the artists residency preceding the International Islands Games being held there.  And he has been making news!

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.

The Scotsman newspaper reports that:

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.

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