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Spark(ed)! Muriel Spark’s influence and Legacy – Janice Galloway and Kirstin Innes

May 19, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

£8 – £16

2018 marks the centenary of the birth of the iconic writer Muriel Spark. Best-known as the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Dame Muriel was a poet, writer of fiction, criticism and literary biography, and was at the top of her profession, internationally, for more than half a century.

Join us at CoastWord for what promises to be a very special event about the influence and legacy of Muriel Spark with novelists Janice Galloway and Kirsten Innes, chaired by Kaite Welsh.

Janice Galloway 
Janice’s first book, The Trick is to keep Breathing, was published by Polygon Press in 1990 and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Since, she has written more novels, short stories, volumes of life writing, a handful of collaborative books of short fiction and poetry with sculptor Anne Bevan, poems for sculptor/photographer Calum Colvin, libretti, poems and one lonely play. Prizes and Awards include The American Academy of Arts and Letters EM Forster Award, Saltire Award and Creative Scotland Award. Her most recent publication, All Made Up, won Scottish Book of the Year 2012.

Kirstin Innes 
Kirstin Innes is the winner of the Guardian’s Not The Booker prize in 2015 and winner of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2008, and the Allen Wright Award for Excellence in Arts Journalism in 2007 and 2011.

Kaite Welsh 
Kaite Welsh is an author, critic and journalist living in Scotland. Her novel The Wages of Sin, a feminist historical crime novel set in Victorian Edinburgh, is out from Headline in June 2017. It is the first novel featuring medical student, fallen woman and amateur sleuth Sarah Gilchrist, with two further books due in 2018 and 2019. Her fiction has featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column on LGBT issues for the Daily Telegraph as well as making frequent appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. In 2014 she was shortlisted for both the Scottish New Writers Award and the Moniack Mhor Bridge Award. She has also been shortlisted for the 2010 Cheshire Prize for Fiction and the 2010 Spectrum Award for short fiction.

This event is organised by Coastword Festival.

Saturday pass to see all Coastword events, incl. Muriel Spark 100 events, is £16. More information and bookings: https://www.coastword.co.uk/coastword-2018/sparked-muriel-sparks-influence-and-legacy-janice-galloway-and-kirstin-innes


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