Donald S Murray – writer & poet

Donald S Murray
writer & poet

November 6, 2021

Donald was chosen as one of three Scots poets to give a reading at the COP 26 climate change summit in Glasgow. 

He appeared in the Green Zone along with fellow Scots poets, Roseanne Watt and Pàdraig MacAoidh, at “Weathering the Storm: Scottish Poets Discuss Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation.”

Interestingly, Donald shared the stage at the sold-out event with two of his former school pupils from his days teaching English.

You can see the full COP 26 presentation on Youtube and read more about the background to the poetry event here -

Donald also wrote an advance piece for the Press and Journal newspaper (


October 21, 2021

Donald dons his interview hat this afternoon to quiz the award-winning author, Douglas Stuart, whose debut novel, Shuggie Bain, won the 2020 Booker Prize.

The live Zoom webinar saw Donald, in his capacity as a Society of Authors in Scotland committee member, discuss with Stuart his work, creative routine and how authors can reach out and connect to readers.

This event, supported by the Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS), will also hear a short reading from the Scottish-American author, who will then participate in a question and answer session.

As well as an armful of literary prizes for Shuggie Bain, the novel is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. In addition, it is set to be translated into more than 38 languages. 

Glasgow-born Stuart has lived in New York City since 2000, and his second novel, Young Mungo, is scheduled for publication in April 2022.


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.

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.

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