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Gray Day 2022

With Canongate Books, Neu! Reekie!, The Alasdair Gray Archive, and Òran Mór

GRAY DAY returned for a second year on the 25th February with a day-long celebration and a live event at Òran Mór featuring readings, film and music.

The annual celebration of the late Alasdair Gray sees writers, artists and readers come together on the anniversary of his masterpiece, Lanark.

On the inaugural Gray Day circumstances made it impossible to have an in-person celebration, so we contented ourselves with Canongate Books, Neu! Reekie! and the Alasdair Gray Archive’s wonderful online Gray Day Broadcast.

But this year we were delighted to welcome you to Òran Mór, to gather beneath Alasdair Gray’s celestial ceiling – our very own heaven of moons and stars – and celebrate Alasdair with a very special evening of performances, in honour of Gray’s retelling of Dante’s Divine Trilogy.

The evening included readings from Hollie McNish, Val McDermid and Liz Lochhead and concluded with live music from Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and guest Anne-Marie.

You can watch the livestream of the event here:

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In the lead up to Gray Day 2022 The Alasdair Gray Archive shared ‘Ten Tall Gray Tales’ – a series of short films made by Kevin Cameron. For this series the Archive invited friends & collaborators of Alasdair (including Liz Lochhead, Bernard MacLaverty and Òran Mór’s Colin Beattie) to share memories prompted by an item in the collection. Kevin was responsible for the 2014 documentary ‘Alasdair Gray: A Life in Progress’ which captured Alasdair over a fifteen-year period working on ambitious artworks and new publications.

Gray Tales: Colin Beattie on Alasdair Gray

The full series of Gray Tales can be viewed on The Alasdair Gray Archive 

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