Sandra White MSP for Glasgow Kelvin

Gray Day: A Celebration of Alasdair Gray

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Sandra White MSP today lodged a parliamentary motion in order to celebrate the first ever Gray Day. This is a new annual celebration of the life and works of Alasdair Gray.

Thursday the 21st of February 2021 also marks the 40th anniversary of Lanark being published. In order to mark this significant cultural event for Scotland there will be broadcast hosted by the Alasdair Gray Archive, his publisher Canongate and Neu Reekie and featuring a number of prominent authors and creative artists for an hour of online readings. Access to which can be gained from the below link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-gray-day-broadcast-celebrating-alasdair-gray-tickets-140111652725

Commenting Sandra White said:

“Alasdair was a giant of a man. The impact he has had and continues to have Scottish identity, as well as generations of creatives is unmatched in modern times.

“The launch of Gray Day is a befitting tribute to a creative force whose legacy will continue to be enjoyed for many, many years to come. The world celebrates Burns Night on an annual basis and I hope they will take Gray Day to their hearts in the same way.”

Motion Number: S5M-24239
Lodged By: Sandra White
Date Lodged: 25/02/2021

Title: Gray Day: A Celebration of Alasdair Gray

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the first Gray Day on 25 February 2021, a celebration of Glasgow-born writer and artist Alasdair Gray; notes this date also marks the 40th anniversary of his landmark novel Lanark, which will be marked with a Gray Day Broadcast, hosted by the Alasdair Gray Archive, his publisher Canongate and Neu Reekie and featuring a number of prominent authors and creative artists for an hour of online readings, conversation and music; further notes that this day will also coincide with the launch of a new website, a podcast entitled Gray Matters, and a new online film; believes that this is a fitting tribute to Alasdair and his incredible body of work, and commends the commitment of the Alasdair Gray Archive and Canongate in both safeguarding and celebrating Alasdair’s incredible creative legacy.