Donald S Murray – writer & poet

Donald S Murray
writer & poet

One of the few publications in Donald's oeuvre to have become out of print is now back on the shelves of bookshops.

Weaving Songs is now available in paperback for the first time. This well-received book was first published in hardback in November 2011.

All the writing was inspired by the processes involved in the weaving of Harris Tweed and reflect an intense emotional attachment for the writer. 

The writing is complemented by a series of superb colour photographs by Carol Ann Peacock taken variously in the Harris Tweed mills and at the homes of weavers where this unique cloth is woven.

Weaving Songs has been reprinted to meet demand from new readers anxious to broaden their knowledge of Donald's work. 

Drawing on the richness of his imagination and his experiences as a child in the Isle of Lewis, Donald S. Murray fashioned his own original collection of Weaving Songs.

They celebrate Harris Tweed – the cloth which his weaver father played his own small part in creating and maintaining while working on the loom behind their croft-house.

Full of craft, skill, rigour, colour and vitality, his verse and prose have much in common with the patterns of that unique fabric.

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Acclaimed writer Donald S Murray – who was brought up in South Dell in Lewis – found out on Thursday May 26 that he had not struck lucky and won the Highland Book Prize 2021 with his work, In a Veil of Mist.(Report from

The winner was Jen Hadfield’s The Stone Age. The Highland Book Prize organizers said after the announcement: “Jen Hadfield’s beautiful collection explores landscape, neurodiversity, and different ways of seeing and being: every poem gives the reader a fresh perspective on the world.”

Speaking afterwards, Donald said: “Congrats to my friend Jen Hadfield who won the Highland Book Prize last night.

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 -


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