GRAY'S ABBREVIATED CURRICULUM VITAE
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28 December: born, 11 Findhorn Street, Riddrie, East Glasgow. Father a folding-box machine cutting operative, mother a former shop assistant and singer in the Glasgow Orpheus Choir.
Evacuated with mother and younger sister to a farm in Auchterarder, Perthshire; then to Stonehouse, a mining town in Lanarkshire.
Lived in hostel for munition workers, Wetherby, Yorkshire, of which father was manager.
Attended Whitehill Senior Secondary School. Received prizes & Higher SCE for Art & English.
Attended Glasgow School of Art. Won travelling scholarship & SE Diploma in Design & Mural Painting.
MURAL on Horrors of War (Glasgow Crucifixion and Apocalypse with Fall of Star Wormwood) in Scottish-USSR Friendship Society, 8 Belmont Crescent, Hillhead, Glasgow.
Jonah, play written for and performed by Glasgow School of Art puppetry department.
Teacher of Art, mostly part-time, in Lanarkshire & Glasgow.
at CND nightclub in the Edinburgh Festival, where he has also painted murals.
Meets Inge Sørensen. They marry.
Scene painter for Glasgow Pavilion & Glasgow Citizens' Theatres: designed scenery for pantomime Dick Whittington.
Draws social security benefit as unemployed scene painter. Paints.
Under the Helmet, 50 minute TV documentary about Gray's work in painting & verse, is networked by BBC; Bob Kitts director, Huw Wheldon producer. Payment for this allows a start as a self-employed artist and writer, with seven one-man exhibitions at the Edinburgh Traverse gallery & Glasgow Kelly gallery in the following years, aided by some lecturing on art appreciation for Glasgow University Extra-Mural Department.
Fall of Kelvin Walker, 50 minute TV play, networked by BBC2.
Receives grant from Scottish Arts Council to make a series of prints illustrating
The Trial of Thomas Muir, 30 minute radio play, BBC Scotland.
The Night Off, 45 minute radio play, networked by BBC.
Today & Yesterday, series of three 20 minute plays, for Scottish
BBC Schools series.
James Watt, 10 minute TV play for Glasgow Schools service.
MURAL on ecological cycles, Exhibition Centre, Palacerigg Nature Reserve, Cumbernauld. Retrospective Painting Exhibition in the Collins Gallery, Strathclyde University.
McGrotty & Ludmilla, 50 minute radio play networked by London BBC. Designed & illustrated A Scent of Water, children's stories by Carl MacDougall. Returned to 39 Kersland Street, first wife and son having left there.
Beloved, 60 minute TV play networked by Granada. As producer had changed script without consultation, I withdrew my name from the credits, which may have stunted by career as a playwright. MURAL: Florid Jungle, Ubiquitous Chip Restaurant, Ashton Lane, Hillhead, Glasgow. (Painted in return for meals, and later destroyed by damp penetration.)
Socrates, 60 minute TV play networked in England by Granada. Employed as Glasgow's official Artist Recorder, for 9 months, painting portraits of contemporaries and streetscapes for the People's Palace Local History Museum.
Writer in Residence, Glasgow University.
MURAL: Arcadia, back stairwell of Ubiquitous Chip Restaurant, Ashton Lane, Hillhead, Glasgow.
Lanark, a novel, Canongate, Edinburgh. Received David Niven & Saltire awards, also Scottish Arts Council design award. From this date onwards lives almost wholly by writing, designing and illustrating books, mainly his own.
Tickly Mince, review written in collaboration with Liz Lochhead & Tom Leonard, acted in the Pleasance, Edinburgh & Tron Theatre, Glasgow.
Pie of Damocles, review in same venues by same writers, with addition
of James Kelman.
Designed 15 original covers for Chapman literary magazine.
1982, Janine, a novel, Cape, London.
The Fall of Kelvin Walker, novella, Canongate, Edinburgh.
McGrotty & Ludmilla, stage play at Tron Theatre, Glasgow. 5 Scottish Artists Show. Organized & paid for a large Retrospective Exhibition, with printed catalogue, of works by self & contemporaries that was shown in Glasgow McLellan Gallery, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh & Aberdeen Art Gallery.
The Story of a Recluse, 50 minute TV play, networked by BBC. Signs contract to write Anthology of Prefaces.
1988, Old Negatives, book of poems, Cape, London. Was art editor, designer & illustrator (unpaid) for Dog & Bone, a small unsuccessful publishing house which issued 2 poetry books, 2 crime fictions, 1 comic novella, a cookery book & a paranormal study before collapsing.
Decanted to 52 St Vincent Terrace, Glasgow G38.
McGrotty & Ludmilla, a novella, Dog & Bone, Glasgow.
Marries Morag McAlpine. Moves to her home in 2 Marchmont Terrace, Glasgow.
Why Scots Should Rule Scotland, political pamphlet, Canongate, Edinburgh.
Ten Tales Tall & True, short stories, Bloomsbury, London.
A History Maker, science fiction novel, Canongate, Edinburgh.
MURAL: The Thistle of Dunfermline's History, Abbot's House Local History Museum, Maygate, Dunfermline.
Mavis Belfrage, novella & short stories, Bloomsbury, London.
Why Scots Should Rule Scotland, revised pamphlet, Canongate, Edinburgh.
MURAL on Arcadia Theme: a restoration and enlargement of the stairwell mural in the Ubiquitous Chip Restaurant, Ashton Lane, Glasgow.
Introduction to the books of JONAH, MICAH, NAHUM published by Canongate, Edinburgh.
The Book of Prefaces, published by Bloomsbury, London.
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