Hosted by the University of Strathclyde, the Aye Write! Book Festival, and in association with Canongate Books
Launch of Gray's final major work, Paradise, published by Canongate Books on November 5th 2020, 6pm
Join us for a digital celebration of the life and works of Glasgow's polymath Alasdair Gray at this special two-headed event featuring some of those who knew him best. We will celebrate the publication of Gray's Paradise, the third part of his trilogy responding to Dante's Divine Comedy, as well as interrogate the value of Gray's contribution to Scottish arts and letters, in the year leading up to the 40th anniversary of his seminal novel, Lanark.
Speakers in the first half, Remembering Alasdair, include: Alan Bissett (playwright), Sorcha Dallas (The Alasdair Gray Archive), Bernard MacLaverty (novelist, friend), Kat Rolley (Alasdair's niece), and Nichol Wheatley (artist, collaborator).
In the second half, Liz Lochhead (ex-Makar of Scotland) and Alan Riach (poet, Professor of Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow) will read from Paradise and discuss Gray's oeuvre.
The event is hosted by Dr. Rodge Glass (Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Gray's biographer, and ex-Gray secretary). Register for this event here.