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Muriel Spark: Crème de la Crème

January 31, 2018 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm


Join a host of headline authors, actors and special guests, who read, perform and share their passion for a 20th century legend. The author of 22 novels, including the iconic The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark was also a poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic whose work has influenced a generation of Scottish writers.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister and great fan of Spark’s writing, and Alexander McCall Smith will join Ian Rankin, actors Maureen Beattie, Peter Forbes and Moyo Akandé, Alan Taylor (her great friend, literary critic and author of Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark) and Rosemary Goring (literary editor, author and adapter of A Far Cry from Kensington for radio), in a specially commissioned presentation of readings, performance and conversation at the Usher Hall on Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Alexander McCall Smith will read a poem he has specially written for the occasion, and for the first time since 1963, Spark’s play Doctors of Philosophy will be presented on stage through performed extracts featuring Maureen Beattie, Peter Forbes and Moyo Akandé. The performances are directed by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director, David Greig.

Literary stars from Edinburgh including Ian Rankin will share their stories, favourite novels and why Spark continues to light up the literary landscape with her ‘goodness, truth and beauty’.

Please note: the event will be followed by a book signing. The first 7 newly published Centenary Editions of Muriel Spark’s 22 novels will be available to buy on the night.

£15 – Full Price
£12 – Under 16’s, Students, Senior Citizens, Disabled & Companion

Accessibility: for more information about accessibility of the Usher Hall, please visit http://www.usherhall.co.uk/accessibility.

This event is part of Booked!, the Edinburgh International Book Festival on the road around Scotland throughout the year.



January 31, 2018
7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
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Edinburgh International Book Festival
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Usher Hall
Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH1 2EA
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