Donald S Murray – writer & poet

Donald S Murray
writer & poet

Donald will find out later tonight (May 26) if he has won the Highland Book Prize 2021 with In a Veil of Mist.

Based on Operation Cauldron, the 1950s chemical warfare experiment off the coast of Lewis, the book is one of four shortlisted for the prestigious prize.

Also in the running are Slaves and Highlanders by David Alston, Islands of Abandonment by Cal Flyn, and The Stone Age by Jen Hadfield.

The literary prize award by the Highland Society of London takes place tonight at the creative writing centre at Moniack Mhor, near Beauly.

But you can watch the action unfold live from 7.30 pm via Zoom. In the build-up to the announcement, the authors will read excerpts from their books. Music will also be provided by Ingrid and Megan Henderson of Lochaber, descendants of the pipers to the MacDonalds of Glencoe.

To join via Zoom, you need to register here

Donald’s novel, As the Women Lay Dreaming, was longlisted for the award in 2018.

The annual Highland Book Prize celebrates the finest literary works that recognise the Scottish Highlands and Islands' rich culture, heritage, and landscape. The award aims to showcase the region’s literary talents and raise the profile of work created in or about the Highlands.


Donald is the featured guest in the latest Northern Bibliosphere podcast series ahead of the Highland Book Prize 2021 awards ceremony on May 26.

In the interview, shortlisted finalist Donald takes us back to the 1950s and Operation Cauldron, the biological warfare experiments off Lewis that inspired In a Veil of Mist.

After winning the 2020 Paul Torday Memorial Prize, Donald has had the tables turned on him. He is now judging the 2022 competition.

He joins fellow judges Mavis Cheek and Denise Mina to select the winning entry this year.

A Wikipedia page outlining Donald’s life and literary works has been published on Wikipedia, the open online encyclopedia. 

The thumbnail sketch of the author is at -


Donald S Murray is emerging from the limitations of lockdown with a trans-Atlantic ferment of publication.

On Friday February 11, 2022 he announced on Facebook that he had completed the writing of his latest – and longest – novel. 

At the same time, he can be heard and seen in the key role in The Tale of Na Fir Ghorma.  This is part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022.

Donald said: “Delighted to have taken part with Kenny Boyle. It was like a long step back in time for me, acting a part like this. My thanks to John Johnston for his help on this occasion. It was great to read out Kenny's verse!”

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