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Alasdair Gray

"Undoubtedly the best work of fiction written by a Scottish author for decades." 
Time Out on Lanark

Alasdair Gray’s most acclaimed work Lanark, was published in 1981 and has been described by The Guardian as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction." He is a Scottish nationalist and a republican and has written on politics, in support of socialism and Scottish independence, and on the history of English literature. His work combines elements of realism, fantasy, and science fiction, plus clever use of typography and his own illustrations. He has also He has been described by Will Self as "a creative polymath with an integrated politico-philosophic vision" and as "a great writer, perhaps the greatest living in this archipelago today", and by himself as "a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian".

Gray’s work includes 1982, Janine, Poor Things, The History Maker, Old Men In Love, Unlikely Stories, Mostly, The Ends of Our Tethers, Why Scots Should Rule Scotland, as well as poetry and work for television and theatre.

One of the luminaries of contemporary fiction, Gray will be regaling us with his work, stories and unique delivery as well as thoughts on life, politics and literature. Rodge Glass will be chairing and there’ll be a book signing afterwards.

Thursday 29 July 2010
Central Library, 9 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
The event is FREE and complimentary drinks will be served
Booking is essential, please contact:
readerdevelopment@edinburgh.gov.uk / 0131 242 8100

Alasdair Gray's website