Passing of Lanark author

Alasdair Gray, writer and artist, dies aged 85

Acclaimed: Alasdair Gray (pic: Canongate)

Alasdair Gray, one of the most acclaimed writers and artists in Scotland, has died at the age of 85.

His passing was announced this morning by Canongate, his publisher, which it was “deeply saddened to announce the death of Alasdair Gray”.

The author of Lanark, Janine and Poor Things, died peacefully earlier today at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in his native Glasgow, in the presence of family.

In a tweet Canongate said: “He was an exceptional short story writer, an artist – a designer of his own work, a painter of murals… – and has been Englishing Dante’s Divine Comedy.”

In another tweet, it added: “He was also a humane and decent man – outspoken and principled in his political beliefs – and wondrously idiosyncratic – almost everyone at Canongate had a great story about meeting him. I’m sure lots of people will be sharing theirs now.”

His family issued a message:

“Early this morning we lost a deeply loved member of our family. Alasdair was an extraordinary person; very talented and, even more importantly, very humane.

“He was unique and irreplaceable and we will miss him greatly. We would like to thank Alasdair’s many friends for their love and support, especially in recent years.

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