Not only is Donald S Murray the opening event at this year’s BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival in Kirkcudbright Galleries but he has done the Region the great honour of missing out on a trip to London for The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Awards 2019 which clashes with his event. Donald is on a very short shortlist of six for this coveted award which includes Sally Magnusson. This is what the judges had to say about Donald’s book As The Women Lay Dreaming (Saraband). A haunting, poignant, meticulously researched novel about the 1919 Iolaire ferry disaster and its effect on the local community. An extraordinary piece of storytelling’.
Donald will be joined by Award-winning Gaelic singer Ceitlin Smith who hails from Donald’s home village of Ness on The Isle of Lewis. Ceitlin has a wealth of experience performing all over the world as an ambassador for Gaelic Song. She has performed nationally and internationally including Celtic Connections and The Milwaukee Irish Festival.
Donald is not the only BIG LIT author in line for a major award. Bernard MacLaverty - no stranger to awards and prizes – is on a shortlist of ten for The Dublin Literary Award for his last novel Midwinter Break - at 100,000 Euros the single richest prize in the world for a single novel! Bernard is at The Mill on the Fleet on Saturday May 4th.
‘...a quietly brilliant novel, which makes for essential reading at any stage of life.’ says The Guardian about Bernard’s book.
‘We are absolutely delighted to have Donald S Murray as BIG LIT’s opening event in Kirkcudbright Galleries,’ says Chrys Salt MBE Artistic Director of BIG LIT, ‘two major award nominees at BIG LIT is a very exciting prospect’