Author Donald S Murray celebrated the official launch of his latest literary work, the already-widely-acclaimed "For the Safety of All" with a public event at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse & Visitor Centre in Shetland.
Donald said on Facebook on the afternoon of Sunday August 8: "Thanks to Vicky Tylsar for these photos from the launch at Sumburgh Head. My thanks to Donnie Munro, Iain MacIver, Donald Anderson, and Claire White for their contributions too. Really great to see real faces again!"
In an interview with EVENTS feature-writer Katie Macleod, published in this month's edition of the newspaper, Donald explained how “The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse was one of the highlights of my childhood.
“I remember as a young child climbing up there. It was a very distinct, beautiful day, and you could see all of Ness, profoundly interesting from the top of a lighthouse. I think my love affair with lighthouses began that day.”
Donald S. Murray has joined the Committee of SoAiS, the Society of Authors in Scotland, for the 2020-2023 period, to help amplify the voices of writers based in the Highlands and Islands.
The Society of Authors is the UK trade union for writers, illustrators and literary translators.
In small communities, stories are often told in asides and whispers. When the boat, the Ben Lomond arrived near the shores of the Isle of Lewis in May 1952, rumours began immediately. They were still circulating when I was growing up on the island in the 1960s and 1970s, wrote Donald S Murray in an article published in the Herald newspaper from Glasgow on Saturday March 13. (Above, young Donald, left, with his brother Allan)
Acclaimed composer Electra Perivolaris has spoken of her “an absolute joy” of setting some of Donald S Murray's poetry to music.
She told the prizewinning writer and poet: “I’m looking forward to working with more of your poetry!”
This formed part of a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in June…and in July more of his work formed part of “a wonderful week working with the The Carice Singers at the Cheltenham Music Festival Composer Academy,” Electra writes on Twitter.
“My new choral piece, ‘If This Island...’, another setting of the poetry of Donald S Murray, was performed on Friday. Thank you to all who made this such an inspiring week!”
Donald S. Murray's newly-published book's been chosen as the Historical Book of the Month by the London-based Times newspaper.
The novel ‘In A Veil of Mist’ which is being released via several on-line events this week, takes place in Tolsta. Set in 1952, it examines the impact of Operation Cauldron, a series of secret biological warfare trials run by the British, American, and Canadian governments that took place off the coast of Lewis. As part of the trials, scientists from Porton Down research centre in Wiltshire and the Royal Navy released deadly biological agents like the bubonic plague, testing their effects on animals aboard a floating pontoon in the Minch, where the reader lands in the opening pages.