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Gray Day – A Celebration of Alasdair Gray

Monday, February 15th, 2021

Coming soon… Gray Day 25th February, 2021

The Alasdair Gray Archive and Canongate Books have teamed up to celebrate of the life and work of Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray on the 40th anniversary of his seminal novel Lanark.

A Gray Day Broadcast

There will be a special Gray Day Broadcast on the 25th at 7.30pm, with special guests including Ali SmithYann MartelDenise MinaIrvine WelshGemma CairneyEwen Bremner and more. Hosted by Neu Reekie, with Canongate and the Alasdair Gray Archive, and part filmed beneath Alasdair’s Celestial Ceiling mural here at Òran Mór.

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Alasdair Gray’s Lanark: Readings for The Alasdair Gray Archive

In the lead up to Gray Day friends, family and admirers of Alasdair Gray have been reading their favourite passages from Lanark.

Rodge Glass, Fran Healy and Rhona Warwick are just some of Alasdair’s admirers who have contributed. We were delighted to take part and Colin Beattie, Òran Mór owner and dear friend to Alasdair, recorded his own reading in tribute.

Alasdair Gray at Òran Mór: The Celestial Ceiling

We’ll be sharing our own favourite memories of Alasdair along with insights into his work here at Òran Mór, his masterwork the Celestial Ceiling mural in Òran Mór’s Auditorium.

Find out more at and The Alasdair Gray Archive