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As the Women Lay Dreaming longlisted for Authors’ Club award

March 1, 2019

Award-winning author and poet Donald S Murray hasbeen longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award for his debut novel, As the Women Lay Dreaming, published by Saraband in November 2018.

As the Women Lay Dreaming is based upon the little-known Iolaire tragedy of 1 January 1919 – when a ship bringing WWI servicemen home to the Hebrides sank in Stornoway harbour, killing some 200 people.

Donald S Murray, who spent his childhood on the Isle of Lewis and now lives in Shetland, says, “I am both delighted and honoured to be on the longlist for the Authors’ Club First Novel award, especially when I look back and see who has been nominated for this award over the years. I feel as if I’m brushing shoulders with many of my favourite writers.”

Saraband publisher Sara Hunt says, “I’m so thrilled to hear this news! It’s well-deserved recognition for a beautifully written, powerful book by a talented writer. The novel also reveals Donald’s sensitivity in the way he’s taken on an unspeakable disaster and portrayed its aftermath in the community he grew up in.”

Key dates
Shortlist announcement: Thursday 28 March.
Winner’s announcement: The National Liberal Club on Wednesday 22 May.