Donald S Murray – writer & poet

Donald S Murray
writer & poet

November 15, 2021

Donald's 2021 novel, In a Veil Mist, has made it onto the 12-strong longlist for this year's Highland Book Prize.

The Highland Book Prize celebrates the finest work inspired by the Scottish Highlands. 

The 12 titles have been whittled down from more than 70 submissions and spans auto-fiction, environmental non-fiction, an exploration of Highland slave history, Gaelic fiction and poetry, and Shetlandic poetry.

The judging panel will now consider each title on the list and announce the shortlist in March 2022. The winning title will be awarded in May 2022.


November 15, 2021

Donald’s appearance at the Write Highland Hoolie in Mallaig went down a storm, with a full house in attendance.

Donald was in the West Coast fishing village to talk about lighthouses and his latest book, For the Safety of All. The Hoolie was an opportunity, as Donald put it, to "mix and mingle with some amazingly talented people, both musicians and writers, all hosted by the remarkable Polly Pullar.”

Speaking afterwards, Donald said: “My thanks to those who attended both my and the many other events at the Write Highland Hoolie in Mallaig this weekend. It was a pleasure to be in the company of such wonderfully creative individuals - in musical, literary, artistic and even culinary terms.”

He was pleased his event went so well and said it was fantastic to share a stage with Breege Smyth and Gaelic singer Ann Martin.

The Gaelic singers at the Hoolie were supported by Fèisean nan Gàidheal.


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.

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