25 February 2024
Gray Day this year is being marked with a family friendly celebration at the Òran Mór in Glasgow. Festivities will include:
- Try screenprinting your own Gray Day poster with Glasow Print Studio’s pop-up print workshop
- Alasdair Gray inspired mask-making workshop
- A jumbo Alasdair Gray mural jigsaw
- A treasure hunt around the auditorium mural, with a prize to be won!)
- Stalls, including a Poor Things-inspired nail bar, a new limited edition T-shirt, tote bags, books and more!
- Speakers, including host Tam Dean Burn, and Denise Mina reading a new creative commission
- And a free pie with all tickets!
Who is Alasdair Gray?
Alasdair Gray (1934–2019) was a writer and artist. His books include Lanark (widely regarded as a masterpiece of Scottish fiction), Poor Things (now an award-winning film), Unlikely Stories, Mostly, 1982, Janine and his Englishing of Dante’s Divine Trilogy. As well as designing and illustrating his own books, his art included murals, paintings, prints and more.
What is Gray Day?
Gray Day is the 25th February, an annual day-long celebration of Alasdair Gray’s life and work. The first Gray Day was held in 2021 on the 40th anniversary of the publication of Lanark, and included a Gray Day Broadcast. In 2022 and 2023, Gray Day was celebrated with a live event at the Òran Mór in Glasgow, beneath Alasdair’s celestial ceiling mural.
An array of writers, actors and musicians have joined to celebrate Alasdair for Gray Day including Ali Smith, Alan Cumming, Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh, Gemma Cairney, Chitra Ramaswamy, Alex Kapranos, Ewen Bremner, Louise Welsh, Salena Godden, Bernard MacLaverty, Michael Pedersen, Hollie McNish, Norman Blake and more.
Photos of Gray Days past can be found in the gallery.
A selected Gray bibliography
The Fall of Kelvin Walker
McGrotty and Ludmilla
A History Maker
Old Men in Love
Short Story Collections
Unlikely Stories, Mostly
The Ends of Our Tethers
Every Short Story 1951–2012
Non-Fiction & Others
A Life in Pictures
Of Me & Others
A Gray Play Book
McGrotty and Ludmilla
Gray’s Englishing of Dante’s Divine trilogy: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise