Tag: Scotland

Jane Harris: Gillespie and I

Gillespie and I jacket image

To listen to Jane Harris reading extracts from her book, click on the links below:

Reading 1 – Harriet Baxter deals with a medical emergency on the streets of Victorian Glasgow

Reading 2 – Harriet is having her portrait painted when a shocking discovery is made

Reading 3 – Elsbeth Gillespie, mother of the eponymous painter, explains her strategy for advancing her son’s career

And to listen to an interview with Jane, click here.

22. From barman to biographer

Rodge Glass – Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography

Rodge Glass: Alasdair GrayIn this week’s podcast, Rodge Glass tells me how, after his first disastrous meeting with Alasdair Gray in a bar in Glasgow, he later went on to be the writer’s student, amanuensis and eventually biographer.

Rodge recalls how Gray (a self-described “fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian”, who is also the author of Lanark, widely regarded as the finest Scottish novel of the past century, as well as a host of other books and creator of many art projects), reacted when the biography was first mooted:

“Be my Boswell!” he shouted, dancing a jig around the room and raising a finger to the heavens. “Tell the world of my genius!” Read More