About

Daniel Gray is a writer, social historian and broadcaster. Daniel’s latest book, Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books, was published by Bloomsbury in May 2017. It follows Saturday, 3pm (Bloomsbury, October 2016), a collection of 50 prose-poems to that which remains loveable about football.

He recently wrote and co-produced Scotch! The Story of Whisky, a critically-acclaimed miniseries for BBC television. Daniel has also been working for the Edinburgh International Book Festival as a writer-in-residence.

Daniel appears on STV and BBC Radio Scotland as The People’s Historian. His self-authored pieces vividly bring to life forgotten episodes in Scotland’s history.

Daniel’s previous book is This is Scotland: a Country in Words and Pictures (Luath Press). This collaboration with the photographer Alan McCredie mixes documentary photography with travel writing. Read about what inspired the two of them here. In November 2015, it was shortlisted for a Saltire Literary Award for Best Non-Fiction book of the year.

Before that came Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters: Travels through England’s Football Provinces. It was published by Bloomsbury in August 2013, and in paperback form a year later. To read all about it, see some splendid reviews and watch a video if you really must, click here.

He is also the author of football cult-classic Stramash, and Homage to Caledonia, which was adapted into a television documentary series for STV.

He has written features, opinion pieces, obituaries and book reviews for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including The Times, The TelegraphtheguardianThe Scotsman, The Sunday Herald and When Saturday Comes.

Daniel has addressed more than 100 audiences in the last couple of years, from schools to the Edinburgh Book Festival.

A Middlesbrough supporter, Daniel began attending football matches in 1988 and has never recovered. He has worked in a psychiatric hospital, a library and in television and politics. He is now freelance and lives in Leith.

Email him, if you like: danielgray2009@gmail.com

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2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Daniel,

    I’ve just finished reading ‘Saturday 3pm’ and loved it. Many, many things you describe resonate with me. Like you I was born in 1961 and have spent a lot time over the years going to football matches. I have lived in New Zealand for the last 11 years, so have been starved of the experiences you describe. But I am presently in England for a family holiday; during it I’ve managed to get to games at White Hart Lane and Bristol Rover’s Memorial Stadium. Along the way I’ve been dipping into your book, weaving new experiences with good memories prompted by your wonderful prose. Best wishes and thanks again for your work.

    1. Hi Patrick

      Thanks ever so much for the message – really pleased to hear how much you’re enjoying the book. Even though you’re far away normally, it’s nice to know that lots of aspects of the game don’t change, I bet. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday, very best, Daniel.

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