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Forthcoming events



Author Evening

with Donald S. Murray

Tuesday 17 October at 7.00pm

Beaufort Hotel, 11 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AG

In person and livestreamed on Zoom

Award-winning writer Donald S. Murray, originally from Lewis, has published fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry in Gaelic and English. His work illuminates the lives, history and culture of the people of the Western and Northern Isles


He will be speaking about Red Star Over Hebrides, his new collection of stories, poems and songs, and his forthcoming novel The Salt and the Flame

To attend in person
simply turn up on the night. The room will be available from 6pm for socialising beforehand and the bar will be open

To attend online, email us for the Zoom link

The event is supported by the Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature fund, and is free to attend.

Many thanks to Drew Hillier for his lovely flyer design


HighlandLIT is a beneficiary of the National Lottery Community Fund

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Introducing Donald S. Murray

In October, we welcome Donald S Murray, the award-winning writer from Lewis (now living in Shetland) whose work concerns the people of the Western and Northern Isles - their lives, history and culture.

Donald's first book of stories and poems was published in 1997, when he was teaching at the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway, and he writes fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry in Gaelic and English. 

At our event, he will talk about the experiences and inspirations behind his work, focussing on his new collection of stories, poems and songs, Red Star Over Hebrides (Taproot 2023). In this book, Donald explores, through memory, knowledge and imagination, the social and cultural connections between the people of the Outer Hebrides and Russia and the Baltic States - links made in the 19th and 20th centuries, when Stornoway was the premier herring curing port in Europe.  He will  also mention his forthcoming novel, The Salt and the Flame, out in January.

Donald has appeared at many book festivals and conferences around the world, and has been featured on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal, BBC Radio Four and BBC TV Channel Four.


Someone has written with reference to his writing about the peoples of the Western and Northern Isles that: '... Donald S Murray writes with wonderful wit and a real sense of intimacy of men and women from the Western Isles to Shetland whose characters, for generations, have been carved and weathered by the sea that fills their harbours, scours their shorelines and colours their perceptions of the world.'

Penelope Hamilton

Hybrid HighlandLIT events:  privacy note

In order to facilitate access to events from HighlandLIT members and friends across the Highlands they will be livestreamed on Zoom. It will be visible only to those who have requested the URL.

The camera may pan across the audience at the Glen Mhor at times during the event. Please note that in attending the event you are deemed to be accepting this procedure, unless you tell us at the start, in which case you can sit in a part of the audience which the camera will avoid.

HighlandLIT Events - 2023

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