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October 2018

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

October 26, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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Muriel Spark and Peckham

November 4, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Peckham Rye train station, Rye Lane
London, SE15 5DQ United Kingdom
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£3 – £28

Join a walking tour of Peckham, and visit the locations featured in Muriel Spark's novel “The Ballad of Peckham Rye”.

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The Ballad of Muriel Spark

November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton's Close
Edinburgh, EH8 8DT United Kingdom
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£6 – £8

Jessica Danz will perform a new work for violin and string quartet alongside the Brodick Quartet, inspired by a selection of Muriel Spark's poetry.

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December 2018

Muriel Spark and Kensington

December 2, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
South Kensington tube station, Pelham Street
London, SW7 2NB United Kingdom
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£3 – £20

A 'Book Club on foot' , in which we invite you to read Muriel Spark's “A Far Cry from Kensington”, join us to walk "Between the Lines".

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