Our History

A Short Film

A short film made by Kevin Cameron, narrated by Kate Dickie, about the Alasdair Gray Archive, our history and plans for the future.

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‘One of the very greatest writers of the last fifty years’

Jonathan Coe

The Alasdair Gray Archive was established in March 2020 after Alasdair Gray’s death on 29th of December 2019.  The Archive exists to enhance the reputation and understanding of one of Scotland’s most significant cultural polymaths of the 20th century, and through his legacy support others. Find out more here.

(Archive images: Alan Dimmick)

Gray Day X Poor Things


Doors 6.30pm, Start 7pm
Tickets £15
Available from ticketweb.co.uk, calling 0141 357 6211 or in person at Oran Mor’s box office.

The third annual Gray Day, in honour of the life and work of Alasdair Gray, and we’re celebrating his novel Poor Things – his peculiar gothic masterpiece, as strange and marvellous a creation as Bella Baxter herself.

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What Have We Achieved in 2022

Click below to download an overview of our activities in 2022 and see what the Alasdair Gray Archive has been working on, across projects, education, events and more.

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Organisational Strategy

In 2022 we produced our organisational strategy, created through support from the Rebuilding Heritage Mentoring program with mentors Sabina Strachan and Kirsteen Macdonald. This sets out our short and long term plans across a range of key aims and objectives.

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Gray: Beyond The Horizon

Gray: Beyond The Horizon is an interactive, multimedia exhibition that invites its audience to journey through the many pages of Alasdair Gray’s Lanark: A Life in 4 Books.

The interactive exhibition has been installed at The Alasdair Gray Archive for visitors to enjoy when they come to the space. It can be viewed during this years Doors Open Day festival.

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Alasdair Gray's Lanark:

A Life Made on Paper

This exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Gray’s first novel, Lanark: A Life in Four Books. Published in 1981, it is considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces of 20th-century Scottish literature. The two-room exhibition uncovers how Lanark was made and has been selected from the manuscripts and artworks created by Gray throughout the development of the novel that spanned three decades.

14 June — 2 October 2022
The Huntarian, University of Glasgow

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New Site:

Coming Soon!

Seems apt in the world of all things Gray to say there is a slight delay to the new website going live! Should be up and running in the Autumn, please check out our social media posts for up to date info.

‘A twentieth century William Blake’

The Observer

Wee Gray Activities are a series of educational resources for children, young people and schools, but open to creatively-minded people of any age! View submissions received in response to our first resource – an illustration activity responding to Lanark – by clicking the link below.

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