Born: December 28, 1934
Occupation: Novelist, artist, playwright, academic, teacher, poet
Biography: Alasdair Gray is a Scottish writer and artist. His most acclaimed work is his first novel Lanark, published in 1981 and written over a period of almost 30 years. It is now regarded as a classic, and was described by The Guardian as one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction. His novel Poor Things won the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize.