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Celebrating 40 Years of Lanark

Celebrating 40 Years of Lanark


Celebrating 40 Years of Lanark


Aye Write

Dates and times

Sunday 23 May 2021
7:15PM - 8:15PM

Celebrating 40 Years of Lanark
Rodge Glass, Sorcha Dallas, Colin McIlroy and Alan Bissett
Sponsored by National Library of Scotland

7.15pm - 8.15pm*

Since 1986, the National Library of Scotland has held some of Alasdair Gray's most valuable and rarely seen writing. From personal diaries to correspondence, from illustrations and sketches to drafts of his internationally celebrated novels, the archive is a treasure trove for lovers of contemporary Scottish literature and art.  
On the 40th anniversary of the publication of Gray’s novel Lanark, this event sees Dr. Colin McIlroy of National Library of Scotland present the archive’s rarely seen material. Also featuring a discussion with Sorcha Dallas of the Alasdair Gray Archive and the novelist-playwright Alan Bissett, one of a generation much influenced by Gray’s seminal breakthrough novel, a book which transformed the landscape for Scottish writers alive and at work today. Chaired by Dr. Rodge Glass, Gray’s biographer and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Strathclyde

*This performance is pre-recorded and will be available to watch for three weeks after the broadcast date to accommodate different time zones.
This performance is included in the Aye Write 2021 festival pass, so you will not need to purchase this event if you have already purchased a pass.

Books are available to purchase from our bookseller partner supports independent booksellers and for every book purchased 10% comes back to Aye Write and Wee Write, helping to invest in our city’s book festival and reader development programmes.

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