Donald S Murray – writer & poet

Donald S Murray
writer & poet

October 6, 2021

The life of Captain Donald Mackinnon, who won the Great Tea Race in 1866, has fascinated Donald for many years.

Now, thanks to a bursary from Theatre Gu Leor, he will have the opportunity to explore this great seafarer in greater detail.

Donald has been chosen as one of five talented Gaelic artists to receive support through the theatre company’s new professional development programme, LAS.

As an associate artist will receive a bursary to develop his project and assistance from experienced professionals from the theatre sector. Donald joins Calum L. MacLeòid, Déirdre Ní Mhathúna, Katharina Siebert and Màrtainn Mac an t-Saoir.

Between now and March 2022, the artist will be researching and developing new theatre projects. They all come to the LAS programme with different skills and experience, such as writing novels and poetry, historical research and stage management work.

In Donald’s case, he will be developing a new play based on the Great Tea Race of 1866.  ‘A Storm in a Tea-Clipper’ will chart the life, times and early death of Captain Donald Mackinnon, a Tiree native, who won the amazing sea race.

Theatre Gu Leor ( is funded by Creative Scotland and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.


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