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Nominate your favourite Alasdair Gray artwork to be included in landmark book

The Oran Mor
22nd March 2017

A new book celebrating Alasdair Gray’s artworks is looking for entries from the public.

The Essential Art Of Alasdair Gray will be edited by Gray’s agent Sorcha Dallas and his one-time secretary and biographer Rodge Glass. It will contain short pieces about individual works of art from ten members of the public, alongside the likes of former First Minister Alex Salmond, Turner prize winner Douglas Gordon, author Janice Galloway, Makar Jackie Kay and Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos.

In a recent call to arms in the Sunday Herald, Rodge Glass said:

“For the next few months we’re putting the call out for anybody who loves Alasdair’s art to tell us, in 250 words, which is their favourite image and why,” says Glass. “We will put together a website, a public archive, for all of them, and we will pick 10 to go into the book itself. We hope this will be a meaningful nod to Alasdair’s own view of the world – that the great and the good are all very well, but it’s important to have people represented who are not artists.

“We want people to tell us what speaks most to them about their chosen piece. It could be something technical, it could be something personal; it might remind them of a particular time in their life. It could be a portrait of someone they know.”

To nominate your favourite of all Alasdair Gray’s artworks, send a 250-word email to You can also contribute via Twitter at @essentiallygray. The deadline for all entries is the end of May.