Author details

Daniel Gray


Daniel Gray is a writer, social historian and presenter. 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 also appears on STV as The People’s Historian. His self-authored pieces vividly bring to life forgotten episodes in Scotland’s history.

About writer's work

Daniel Gray is the author of Bloomsbury’s Saturday, 3pm: 50 eternal delights of modern football, and five other books which cover topics from Marxist alienation theory to Luton Town full-backs. A freelancer working from home, his recent work has included screenwriting for the BBC and STV, presenting social history on television, and taking in parcels for neighbours with proper day jobs. Daniel is a lively and enthusiastic public performer, whether appearing at book festivals or co-ordinating workshop groups. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and their young daughter, and eight dangerously-stacked Ikea Billy bookcases.

Websites featuring the author

Author's WebsiteTwitterPeople's Historian

Current events and projects

Daniel has been delivering talks, workshops and even, accidentally, the odd singsong across the country for over a decade. He has engaged groups ranging from school children to elderly people, in venues from the V&A Museum to Scottish Junior Football grounds. Daniel’s sessions come with the same level of commitment and colour whatever the audience or venue.     Whether giving enthusiastic readings from his books, talking about social history, or encouraging teenagers to write Twitter-style 140-character short stories, he is committed to expressing a love for words and ideas. Most important to Daniel is the truth that no one group owns culture or history, and that anyone, anywhere, can engage in reading, writing, learning and laughing…

Daniel would like to continue delivering one-off talks and/or workshop sessions, or longer-term projects such as residencies. Indeed, he is about to commence a residency with Edinburgh Book Festival’s Booked programme.

Other work

Other work undertaken by Daniel includes:
-Scriptwriting for television
-Copywriting for print and video
-Voice artist work on audiobooks
-Event chairing
-Television programme research and development.


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

9-12, Teens, Adults

LL funded


BRAW network


Author type

Screenwriter, Storyteller, Writer



Books written

Saturday, 3pm: 50 eternal delights of modern football

Author(s): Daniel Gray
Warm, heartfelt and witty, here are fifty short essays of prose poetry dedicated to what is good in the game.

This is Scotland: A Country in Words and Pictures

Author(s): Daniel Gray
A Scotsman and an Englishman, a camera and a notebook...
Homage to Caledonia: Scotland and the Spanish Civil War

Homage to Caledonia: Scotland and the Spanish Civil War

Author(s): Daniel Gray
Homage to Caledonia (‘Important and powerful’ – Tony Benn) is the story of Scotland’s colossal role in Spain’s Civil War, a conflict many see as the first act of WWII.
Stramash: Tackling Scotland’s Towns and Teams

Stramash: Tackling Scotland’s Towns and Teams

Author(s): Daniel Gray
Part travel log, part history and part mistakenly spilling ketchup on the face of a small child, Stramash (‘a great way to rediscover Scotland’ – The Herald) takes an uplifting and insightful look at