Edinburgh Reads: Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray’s most acclaimed work Lanark, was published in 1981 and has been described by The Guardian as “one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction.” He is a Scottish nationalist and a republican and has written on politics, in support of socialism and Scottish independence, and on the history of English literature. His work combines elements of realism, fantasy, and science fiction, plus clever use of typography and his own illustrations. He has also He has been described by Will Self as “a creative polymath with an integrated politico-philosophic vision” and as “a great writer, perhaps the greatest living in this archipelago today”, and by himself as “a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian”.

Gray’s work includes 1982, Janine, Poor Things, The History Maker, Old Men In Love, Unlikely Stories, Mostly, The Ends of Our Tethers, Why Scots Should Rule Scotland, as well as poetry and work for television and theatre.

One of the luminaries of contemporary fiction, Gray will be regaling us with his work, stories and unique delivery as well as thoughts on life, politics and literature. There will be a book signing afterwards.

Edinburgh Central Library – 6.30pm, Thursday 29 July.

This event is FREE but ticketed and complimentary drinks will be served.

Booking is essential – please contact

readerdevelopment@edinburgh.gov.uk / 0131 242 8100

2 thoughts on “Edinburgh Reads: Alasdair Gray

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  2. Really looking forward
    Viewed him
    The National Library event
    For poetry lovers
    And play goers,
    And theatre blowers.
    He smothers
    And covers
    One with wit.
    My he was a card.


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