Described as having "one of the most original and innovative voices in contemporary Scottish Literature", Donald S Murray (Domhnall S Moireach) was raised in Ness, Isle of Lewis. A weaver's son, he went to the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway and was an English teacher for thirty years.
A Gaelic speaker, he is sometimes heard on BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal and seen on BBC Alba. Among other programmes, he appeared on BBC 4's Birds Britannia, where he morphed briefly into Sir David Attenborough.
He has been widely published. His verse and prose have been broadcast on BBC Scotland and have featured in national newspapers, being shortlisted for both Saltire and the Callum MacDonald Memorial Awards. His non-fiction book The Guga Hunters (Birlinn) garnered excellent reviews, including one from Will Self in the Telegraph. Two titles Herring Tales (Bloomsbury) and The Guga Stone (Luath) were chosen among the Guardian Nature Books of the Year. Writer and broadcaster Stephen Moss also chose The Dark Stuff (Bloomsbury) as among his best ten books of 2018. His novel As The Women Lay Dreaming (Saraband) is currently listed as being among the Best First Novels of 2018 by the Authors' Club and was also the subject of a televised documentary. (Photo credit: Sandie Maciver)