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October 2018

Spark 100: A tour in celebration of the works and influence of Muriel Spark.

October 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Mercat Cross, High Street, Edinburgh, High Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
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£8 – £13

Walk in the footsteps of Edinburgh’s great author, Muriel Spark. Hear about the city that in inspired her work, and discover the real Miss Jean Brodie on a personal tour in a small group.

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Theresa Muñoz: Settle and Spark

October 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berwick United Reformed Church (St Paul’s), Main Street, Spittal
Berwick upon Tweed,, TD15 1QY United Kingdom
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£5

Theresa Muñoz will read from her first collection 'Settle', and from her new sequence of poems inspired by Spark’s life, legacy and letters, entitled ‘Why We Love You’.

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Muriel Spark Centenary Year: Appointment with Alan Taylor

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spark Theatre, James Gillespie’s School, 57 Lauderdale Street
Edinburgh, EH9 1DD United Kingdom
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£5

An evening with Alan Taylor - fan and friend of Muriel Spark and author of Appointment in Arezzo

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Alan Taylor An Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Dick Institute, Elmbank Ave
Kilmarnock, KA1 3BU United Kingdom
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£7

Appointment in Arezzo, published in 2018 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Muriel's birth, is an intimate, fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century. This colourful, personal, anecdotal, indiscrete and admiring memoir charts the course of Muriel Spark's life revealing her as she really was. Once, she commented sitting over a glass of Chianti at the kitchen table, that she was upset that the academic whom she had appointed her official biographer did…

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Tarbert Book Festival: Olga Wojtas – Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Golden Samovar

October 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Starfish Restaurant, Castle Street
Tarbert, PA29 6UH United Kingdom
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£8

Olga Wojtas talks about her award winning novel 'Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar', and the influence of Muriel Spark on her work. Followed by a Q & A.

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Alan Taylor in conversation with Brian Morton – Appointment in Arezzo

October 28 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Starfish Restaurant, Castle Street
Tarbert, PA29 6UH United Kingdom
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£8

In her centenary year, Muriel Spark is being celebrated across the world for the brilliance of her writing, and for her place in Scottish literary heritage. Join critics Alan Taylor and Brian Morton as they discuss the life and work of Muriel Spark, one of the greatest novelists of the Twentieth Century.  They will also talk of Alan Taylor's fond and funny memoir of his friendship with Spark, Appointment in Arezzo.        

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Nevertheless: Sparkian Tales in Bulawayo – Book Launch

October 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill
Aberdeen, AB25 2ZN United Kingdom
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Free

Join us for the book launch of Shane Strachan’s short story collection, “Nevertheless: Sparkian Tales in Bulawayo”.

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IN FOCUS: Alexander Moffat’s Portrait of Muriel Spark

October 30 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street
Edinburgh, EH2 1JD United Kingdom
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Free

Scottish painter Dr Alexander 'Sandy' Moffat discusses his 1984 commissioned portrait of Dame Muriel Spark.

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Haunted: Ghost Story Readings for Halloween

October 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Theatre Royal Dumfries, 66-68 Shakespeare Street
Dumfries, DG1 2JH United Kingdom
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£12

An evening of modern ghost stories by Kate Clanchy, Muriel Spark and Muriel Gray read by professional actors Stephen Tomlin and Sue McCormick in the intimate setting of the Studio at Dumfries Theatre Royal.

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November 2018

Muriel Spark 100: response to The Mandelbaum Gate

November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aberdeen Synagogue and Jewish Community Centre, 74 Dee St
Aberdeen, AB11 6DS United Kingdom
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Free

Join Edinburgh-based writer Tracey S. Rosenberg to hear her fictional response to Spark, The Western Wall, followed by a Q & A, discussion, buffet, and an informal writing workshop.

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