Tom was born on a small farm by the sea, where old Orkney customs and dialect were still very much alive. He has published and contributed to many books of Orkney history, Nordic tales and the Icelandic Sagas. Tom’s first book was a retelling of traditional Orkney stories: ‘The Mermaid Bride and other Orkney Folk Tales.’ Another folklore collection, ‘Orkney Folk Tales,’ followed. His ‘Tales of Viking Lands’ book/CD benefits Tom’s dear friends at Storholmen Viking Village, Sweden.
Tom Muir at Storytelling Festival, Ness Battery, 2018
As a storyteller, Tom has traveled from Nunavut to Hong Kong and across Scotland, Scandinavia and Europe. He also runs the annual Orkney Storytelling Festival, known as the little festival with a big heart … probably because he feeds his visiting storytellers so well!