Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray was born in Riddrie, Glasgow, and trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art. He worked as a part-time art teacher, muralist and theatrical scene painter before becoming a full-time painter, playwright and author. He has been described by writer Will Self as ‘a great writer, perhaps the greatest living in this archipelago today’ and by himself as ‘a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian’.

His highly-acclaimed first novel Lanark was published in 1981, winning both a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Scottish Book of the Year award. Since then he has published extensively, becoming one of the most immediately recognisable figures in contemporary Scottish literature. His 1992 work Poor Things was awarded the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize and his 1993 collection of short stories, Unlikey Stories, Mostly, won the 1983 Cheltenham Prize. In 2001 he became, with Tom Leonard and James Kelman, joint Professor of the Creative Writing programme at Glasgow and Strathclyde University. His latest book is Old Men in Love (2007), shortlisted for the 2008 Catherine Maclean Prize.

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Selected Non-fiction Books by Alasdair

Of Me & Others: An Autobiography

Cargo Publishing, April 2014


Born 1934 in Glasgow, Alasdair Gray is considered by many to be one of the great Scottish writers and artists. In this frank, playful and typically unorthodox autobiography he tells of how his early life experiences influenced his writing, including the creation of those landmarks of literature, Lanark and 1982, Janine. He also details the inspirations behind his many acclaimed murals and artworks, and makes clear how his moral, social and political beliefs and his work are inextricably linked. Constructed from essays, published and unpublished, Of Me And Others is as much about people, place and politics as it is about Gray’s own life in art. Self-deprecating, incisive, funny, fired with passion; the effect is a memoir of a life lived not only with others, but often for others.


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