Alasdair Gray

Alasdair Gray was born in Riddrie, Glasgow, and trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art. He worked as a part-time art teacher, muralist and theatrical scene painter before becoming a full-time painter, playwright and author. He has been described by writer Will Self as ‘a great writer, perhaps the greatest living in this archipelago today’ and by himself as ‘a fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian’.

His highly-acclaimed first novel Lanark was published in 1981, winning both a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Scottish Book of the Year award. Since then he has published extensively, becoming one of the most immediately recognisable figures in contemporary Scottish literature. His 1992 work Poor Things was awarded the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize and his 1993 collection of short stories, Unlikey Stories, Mostly, won the 1983 Cheltenham Prize. In 2001 he became, with Tom Leonard and James Kelman, joint Professor of the Creative Writing programme at Glasgow and Strathclyde University. His latest book is Old Men in Love (2007), shortlisted for the 2008 Catherine Maclean Prize.

Alasdair Gray’s non-fiction work is represented by Jenny. For all enquiries contact For fiction enquiries, contact Zoe Waldie at Rogers, Coleridge & White (

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Canongate, October 2019

“No other translator has made the narratives so clear or strong, and the distinctive power of the work lies in the clarity of the storytelling . . a magnificent feat” (Herald)

Part one of Gray’s remarkable interpretation of Dante’s La Divina Commedia, translated and sublimely decorated.

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