Donald S. Murray and Allan F. Murray
Thursday 13th September 18:30 at Oban
Donald S. Murray's 'The Dark Stuff' explores how the peatland landscape of his early life on the Isle of Lewis affected him and others. He also looks further afield, from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland to the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and even Australia, reflecting on the ways that for centuries humans have represented the moor in literature, art and folktale, and he reveals how in some countries these habitats remain an essential aspect of their industrial heritage and working life today.
Allan F. Murray's book 'The Wreck of the Annie Jane' looks at the ill-fated final journey of the 'Annie Jane', a ship that set sail from Liverpool with 450 souls aboard bound for a new life in Quebec.
At almost midnight on 28th September 1853 the ship was wrecked in a horrendous storm and driven ashore on the small island of Vatersay with the loss of 350 of the passengers and crew.
A deeply-researched and powerful account of life aboard a typical 19th century emigrant ship, vivdly capturing the bravery and resilience of the neglected, impoverished steerage passengers and the extraordinary final voyage of the 'Annie Jane'.
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