Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray

Born in 1934, Alasdair Gray graduated in design and mural painting from Glasgow School of Art. Since 1981, when Lanark was published by Canongate, he has written, designed and illustrated seven novels, several books of short stories, a collection of his stage, radio and TV plays and a book of his visual art, A Life in Pictures.

In his own words, ‘Alasdair Gray is a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glaswegian pedestrian who has mainly lived by writing and designing books, most of them fiction.’



My problem is sex, or if it isn’t, sex hides the problem so completely that I don’t know what it is. I want revenge on a woman who is not real

1982, Janine

Alasdair Gray

I wanted to make stories and pictures. While writing or painting I forgot myself so completely that I did not want to be any different. I felt I was death’s equal.

Of Me and Others

Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray interviewed by the BBC in 2007 on his introduction to art and books.

I was learning that I could have what I wanted if it was in words, pictures or songs, which are the only dependable forms of magic.

A Life In Pictures

Alasdair Gray

The trailer for A Life in Progress: a feature length documentary on Alasdair Gray, filmed over the course of fifteen years.

But I do enjoy words—some words—for their own sake! Words like river, and dawn, and daylight, and time. These words seem much richer than our experiences of the things they represent

Lanark

Alasdair Gray

In middle age I wholly lost my way and found myself within an evil wood far from the right straight road we all should tread

HELL

Alasdair Gray & Dante Alighieri