Canongate launches Gray's autopictography with star-studded literary clubnight

Press Release   •   Oct 20, 2010 15:03 BST

On 2nd November, Canongate’s IRREGULAR will travel from Edinburgh to Glasgow’s Oran Mor, to celebrate the long-awaited publication of A Life in Pictures, the autopictography of author and artist Alasdair Gray. Gray’s work adorns the ceiling and walls of the converted church, now a celebrated arts venue.

Presenting a stellar line-up of performers from art, music and literature, the event will be a worthy tribute to one of Scotland’s best-loved figures. As well as readings by Gray himself, it will also feature award-winning poet Liz Lochhead and gothic literature from Louise Welsh. Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble, the lyrical Lord Cut-Glass (aka Alun Woodward of Chemikal Underground), and indie folk four-piece My Latest Novel will provide the music, with a DJ set from artist David Shrigley. The evening will be compered by renowned performance poet Jenny Lindsay.

Canongate has been hosting IRREGULAR since 2009. Each event brings together authors, poets, musicians, DJs and audience in a blend of entertainment and escapism. Each Irregular is unique in format.

Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. Tickets cost £6 and available on, or from behind the bar at the Oran Mor, Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8QX.

For press enquiries, please contact Anna Frame on or 0131 524 9340

Canongate Books is an independent publishing house. Based in Edinburgh and independent since 1994, it has a reputation for cutting edge fiction and non-fiction, with authors including Barack Obama, Yann Martel, Michel Faber, Kate Grenville, David Simon and the Mighty Boosh.