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Muriel Spark’s Secret World

April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Cover of The Mandelbaum Gate, Little Brown Book (2013)

To tie in with the centenary, Edinburgh Spy Week 2018 spotlights the role of spies, espionage and secrecy in the life and work of Muriel Spark. Spark was recruited into the department of Political Intelligence in MI6 during WWII, to work in ‘black propaganda’: ‘I played a small part,’ she  wrote in her autobiography, Curriculum Vitae, ‘but as a fly on the wall I took in a whole world of method and intrigue in the dark field of Black Propaganda or Psychological Warfare’. The NLS’s Spark archivist Dr Colin McIlroy will chair a discussion with academics Dr Victoria Stewart (Leicester), Prof Patricia Waugh (Durham), and Dr Simon Cooke (Edinburgh), exploring the ways in which this ‘world of method and intrigue’ plays out across Spark’s writing, in which espionage, spying and secrecy often take centre-stage.

Edinburgh Spy Week is an annual week of public events focusing on spy fiction and film and the ways in which secrecy and spying run through our culture, organised by the University of Edinburgh with the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh Filmhouse, and Blackwell’s.

Free event but booking essential.

Accessibility: Wheelchair access / accessible toilets



University of Edinburgh (Department of English Literature)
Simon Cooke: 0131 6 513996 / Carole Jones: 0131 6 503068
simon.cooke@ed.ac.uk / carole.jones@ed.ac.uk
https://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures / http://www.spyweek.ed.ac.uk/


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