Daniel Gray is a writer, social historian and researcher. Daniel’s latest book was published by Bloomsbury in late 2016 . Saturday, 3pm is a collection of 50 prose-poems to that which remains loveable about football. It will be followed by another Bloomsbury title from Gray, about books themselves, released in May 2017.
He recently wrote and co-produced Scotch! The Story of Whisky, a critically-acclaimed miniseries for BBC television.
Daniel appears on STV 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 has written features, opinion pieces, obituaries and book reviews for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including theguardian, The Scotsman, The Sunday Herald and When Saturday Comes.
Daniel has addressed more than 70 audiences in the last couple of years, from local communist parties to the Edinburgh Book Festival.
For a short period in the early 1990s he was the finest left-back in his village, once marking Gordon Strachan’s youngest son, the one who didn’t become a footballer, out of the game. 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 lives in Leith.
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