By Alasdair Gray
Alasdair grey is Scotland's top recognized polymath. Born 1934 in Glasgow, he graduated in layout and mural artwork from Glasgow college of paintings in 1957. After many years of surviving through portray and writing television and radio performs, his first novel, the loosely autobiographical, blackly wonderful Lanark, unfolded new resourceful territory for such various writers as Jonathan Coe, A.L. Kennedy, James Kelman, Janice Galloway and Irvine Welsh.
It led Anthony Burgess to name him 'the most crucial Scottish author considering Sir Walter Scott'. His different released books comprise 1982 Janine, terrible issues (winner of the Whitbread Award), The ebook of Prefaces, The Ends of our Tethers and previous males in Love. during this e-book, with reproductions of his work of art, snap shots, landscapes and illustrations, grey tells of his mess ups and successes that have led his photos to be permitted through a brand new iteration of visible artists.
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We used to end up in the Bear and Staff, round the corner from Leicester Square. It was full of theatrical agents, variety artists, showmen and girls of all sorts, and Joe knew all of them. Although I never liked drinking alcohol (most of my life I have been tee-total) I loved hanging out with Joe. I sat open-mouthed, just lapping up the atmosphere, while Joe worked the room catching up with all his friends and contacts, swapping theatrical tales of derring-do and debauchery. One night I had an uninvited initiation into Soho life.
Within a few weeks Brian and I had taken over the moving of the circus. It was operating like they had never seen it before. I was getting them a couple of new sites a week. Brian was saving them a day and a half on moving the circus. We asked for more money and Dicky refused. We had a huge stand-up row and before we knew it we were once again packing up and heading off into the unknown. 46 Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:39 am Page 47 How to Marry into the Circus Once more we camped on a lay-by, this time on the A30, with nowhere to go and no money to live on.
Brian could do tightrope walking, knife throwing and a bit of clowning. May could eat glass and lie on a bed of nails. Michael could dance on the stilts. Of course I would do my turn as Scats the clown and a bit of juggling. Betty would have to go straight back in 51 Cottle Book 3rds 28/7/06 11:39 am Page 52 Confessions of a Showman the ring as the ringmistress and we could take it in turns to change the music on the record player when we were back stage. The one thing we were missing was the animals.