Gray, Alasdair

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Gray, Alasdair Gender: M
born on 28 December 1934 at 21:50 (= 9:50 PM )
Place Glasgow, Scotland, 55n53, 4w15
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 06°30' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 04°29 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 10°03'

Alasdair Gray
photo: Günter Prust, license cc-by-3.0


Scottish writer and artist whose first novel, Lanark (1981), written over almost 30 years, was described by The Guardian as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction." His novel Poor Things (1992) won the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize.

He described himself as a civic nationalist and a republican. Gray's works combine elements of realism, fantasy, and science fiction, plus clever use of typography and his own illustrations. He also wrote on politics, in support of socialism and Scottish independence, and on the history of English literature.

He was married twice and had one son, born in 1964. Following a short illness, Gray died in Queen Elizabeth hospital, Glasgow, on 29 December 2019, the day after his 85th birthday.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Alasdair Gray, "A Life In Pictures" (Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 2010), Foreword: "I was born on 28th December 1934 . . . My birth certificate says I was delivered at 9 hours 50 minutes p.m."


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 85)
  • Vocation : Art : Other Art (Book illustrator)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Horror
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award