The Man Who Talks To Birds

Donald S Murray

A son of the Hebrides, Donald S. Murray is a writer and poet whose work has been shortlisted for both the Saltire Literary Awards and the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. His critically acclaimed books bring to life the culture and nature of the Scottish islands, and he appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland.

The Man Who Talks To Birds

by Donald S Murray

  • RRP: £7.99 (print)
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781913393144
  • Publication date: December 3, 2020


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Donald S Murray is widely commended for his empathy and ability to convey emotion with restraint and poignancy. In this short collection of poems written during lockdown at his Shetland home, Murray explores the changing realities of the island and how he, in turn, has been changed.

On his daily walks through the village, Murray finds himself noting shifts in the wind and weather, the imperceptible widening of the sea, and the way time has slowed – recognising, too, the patterns of flight and migration around Shetland.

With beautiful imagery and lyricism, The Man Who Talks to Birds taps into a deep connection with nature, and its ability to ground us – something many of us have rediscovered during our troubled recent times.