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Have a browse through some of Alasdair's paintings

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It is with the greatest sadness that we give the news that Alasdair Gray passed away this morning 29 December 2019, the day after his 85th birthday.

His family released a statement through Alasdair's publisher, Canongate:
"Early this morning we lost a deeply loved member of our family. Alasdair was an extraordinary person; very talented and, even more importantly, very humane. He was unique and irreplaceable and we will miss him greatly. We would like to thank Alasdair's many friends for their love and support, especially in recent years. Together with the staff of the Queen Elizabeth hospital, Glasgow, who treated him and us with such care and sensitivity during his short illness."

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon,
"Such sad news. Alasdair Gray was one of Scotland's literary giants, and a decent, principled human being. He'll be remembered best for the masterpiece that is Lanark, but everything he wrote reflected his brilliance. Today, we mourn the loss of a genius, and think of his family."

Speaking to BBC Scotland, fellow author and friend Ian Rankin said that:
"Mr Gray was responsible for making everyday Scottish life interesting on an international level. He could take something very personal to him - his background growing up in Glasgow for example - and make it that people around the world wanted to read it.
"He was part of that thing about taking Scotland out of the kailyard, writing sort of misty stories of Highland villages. Suddenly you were writing about things that meant stuff, writing politically, writing about your own experiences.
"His books were beautiful, they were crafted, they were elegant. He had a sense of fun, he was mischievous, he had this huge intellect but he was a 'lad of pairts' - he could do a little bit of everything and he did it all well."

As for me, Alasdair was simply a pal, someone with whom I could sit and talk about many things over a wee dram – latterly, we had to limit this due to his incapacity. As many of you may know I worked with Alasdair creating some of his books. We would sit shoulder to shoulder in my office (of sorts) in my house and he would tell me how he would like things to look and I would make it happen, ocassionally inputting my tuppence-worth. Sometimes he would accept it, but most times he would simply pull another idea from the back of his head – these could be his best ideas. We worked like that, on and off, for a dozen or so years. I loved every minute of it, even when he frustrated me – believe me, producing stuff for a perfectionist can be very frustrating. However, it also massively improved my own skills.

Alasdair Gray was a true gentle man, a man of the people, to use a hackneyed phrase; he once wrote to me and signed off as Big Al the Punters' Pal. Aye, he made me laugh. Alasdair was such a beautiful soul and I will miss him.

For many reasons I had not seen Alasdair for many months during this last year, it saddens me that I never got to say farewell. I say to him now, as he says to his readers at the end of many of his books…



Some Artworks by Alasdair Gray
Mainly signed prints


Fairly Recent Books by, and about, Gray



The Stage Plays of Alasdair Gray

All the plays listed below, along with many others have now been published by Luath Press in Scotland in a new book entitled:

of Shows

You can click on the links below for information and cast lists for these plays

Full Length Stage Plays

The Fall of Kelvin Walker:
A Fable of the Sixties

Mavis Belfridge:
A True Tale of the Sixties

McGrotty and Ludmilla:
A Political Pantomime or the Modern Aladdin

Working Legs:
A Play for People Without Them


One Act Stage Plays (Short Sexual Comedies)

Loss of the Golden Silence


Homeward Bound

Sam Lang and Miss Watson


The Poetry of Alasdair Gray

Collected Verse from Various Sources: 1952–2005
(includes Old Negatives)



Lanark: an intended film

Storyboards of chapters 5 & 6 from the screenplay there are more storyboards included in Gray's new book of plays from Luath Press (see above)


Documentary films on the life and work of Alasdair Gray.
Directed and filmed by Kevin Cameron



1: Visit Alasdair Gray's Blog Page (leaves this site)


2: Personal CV

3: CV from Who's Who

4: Questionnaires: Interviews

A 1983, Norquay and Anderson, Cencrastus, Edinburgh
B 1984, "Why Writers Write"
C 1986, Kathy Acker, ICA Interview, London
D 1993, Heaven & Hell Quiz, Scotsman
E 1994, Strathclyde Telegraph
F 1995, Review of Contemporay Fiction, Illinois, USA
G 2000, Anne Garrec, Paris
H 2000, Professor Vianu, Bucharest University
J 2003, AJ Close, Weekend Scotsman




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