Muriel Spark 100 celebrates the birthday of one of Scotland's best-loved authors

  • The List
  • 8 November 2017
Muriel Spark 100 celebrates the birthday of one of Scotland's best-loved authors

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A year of events marks the centenary of the author's birth

Muriel Spark may often be referred to simply as 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie author' but, as longtime fans know, there's much more to her oeuvre. And the next year is the time to celebrate her many achievements; Muriel Spark 100 is a 12 month-long celebration of the Scottish author. Spark's 22 novels have just been released as collectable Centenary Editions, published by Birlinn (pictured here with Birlinn's Jan Rutherford and Creative Scotland's Jenny Niven).

Ali Smith is delivering the The Muriel Spark Society Lecture at the National Library of Scotland on Tue 14 Nov, and the library is also hosting a personal exhibition about the author, The International Style of Muriel Spark (Fri 8 Dec–Sun 13 May), highlighting her love of fashion. BBC Radio 3 broadcasts a series of programmes in January and February, as Louise Welsh, Val McDermid, Janice Galloway, Ali Smith and Kate Clanchy reflect on Spark's career. Glasgow University hosts a two-day academic symposium (Wed 31 Jan–Fri 2 Feb), and Edinburgh's Writer's Museum host its own exhibition of printed items and artwork too (Fri 2 Feb–Sun 10 Jun). Plus, St Andrews poetry festival StAnza will have a series of specially commissioned poems, which fans can discover through readings and a digital installation.

Muriel Spark 100 runs at various venues throughout Scotland from Nov 2017–Nov 2018.

Muriel Spark Society Annual Lecture

Ali Smith, one of Scotland's most distinguished writers, discusses Muriel Spark's life and work. Booking is essential.