Donald S. Murray

Donald S. Murray (b. 1956)
Photograph of Donald S. Murray by Carol Ann Peacock
Donald S. Murray © Carol Ann Peacock



Donald S. Murray comes from Ness at the northern tip of the Isle of Lewis and now lives in close proximity to 'the Ness' at the southern end of Shetland. His first poetry collection was Between Minch and Muckle Flugga (Kettillonia, 2005). He has written much about islands and the seabirds that fly around them. The gannet especially features in his prose account, The Guga Hunters (Birlinn, 2008), and Praising The Guga (North Idea, 2008). These books were inspired by the men who hunt the guga (or young gannets) each year in Sulageir off the north-east coast of Lewis. Gannets also feature in his illustrated collection The Guga Stone; lies, legends and lunacies of St Kilda (Luath Press, 2013). 

He has written about other matters such as the Italian Chapel in Orkney in And On This Rock (prose, Birlinn, 2010), growing up bilingually in Small Expectations (Two Ravens Press, 2010), and Harris Tweed in Weaving Songs (Acair, 2011). He has been a recipient of both the Robert Louis Stevenson and Jessie Kesson Fellowships.

Three further books appeared during the course of 2015. These were Psalm Boat (Roncadora Press), SY StorY: portrait of Stornoway Harbour (Birlinn)and Herring Tales: how the Silver Darlings influenced human taste and history (Bloomsbury).