Fri 29 Oct 2021

A event exploring the fascinating histories of lighthouses and foghorns, with  writers Donald S Murray and Jennifer Lucy Allan, as part of Faclan 2021: the Hebridean Book Festival.

For The Safety of All by Donald S Murray celebrates Scotland’s lighthouses through history, storytelling and the voices of the light-keepers. A beacon and symbol of safety for seafarers, today all of Scotland’s lighthouses are fully automated, yet we are still drawn to the solitary life of the keeper, the lamp and the calm reassurance of a flashing light on a distant shore.

The Foghorn’s Lament: The Disappearing Music of the Coast by Jennifer Lucy Allan is a maritime history, from the story and science of our industrial past to speaker-stacks blasting out for coastal raves. This is an obsessive odyssey told through the people who battled the sea and the sound. Who lived with it and loved or loathed it, and one woman’s intrepid voyage through the howling loneliness of nature.

Donald S. Murray is from Ness in the Isle of Lewis. Published widely, his poetry prose and verse work has been shortlisted for both the Saltire Award and Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, and has appeared in a number of national anthologies. His novel While the Women Lay Dreaming won the Paul Torday Memorial Prize.  His second novel In a Veil of Mist was published this year. A regular contributor on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Scotland, his critically acclaimed non-fiction books bring to life the culture and nature of the Scottish islands.

 Jennifer Lucy Allan is a British musicologist, writer and radio presenter. She obtained a BA in philosophy at the University of Sheffield, and an MA in magazine journalism at City, University of London.