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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-24239

Gray Day: A Celebration of Alasdair Gray

Submitted by: Sandra White, Glasgow Kelvin, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Alasdair Allan, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Bob Doris, James Dornan, Annabelle Ewing, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Joan McAlpine, Liam McArthur, Mark McDonald, Stuart McMillan, Mark Ruskell, Stewart Stevenson, David Torrance

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.