January 22, 2018 / Latest news

Writer’s Centenary fund sparks imaginative new ideas

The 12 recipients of the new Muriel Spark 100 Fund: Endless Different Ways Small Grants Fund have been announced by Creative Scotland.
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December 19, 2017 / Latest news

Edinburgh’s 101 Objects – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’s first edition (Number 39)

The first edition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is number 39 of Edinburgh's 101 objects - the campaign that lists 101 of Edinburgh's most treasured objects and looks into our city's history
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December 11, 2017 / Latest news

The International Style of Muriel Spark exhibition opens at the National Library of Scotland

Major exhibition of Dame Muriel Spark at the National Library of Scotland shows archive material and personal artefacts rarely seen before.
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October 25, 2017 / Latest news

Muriel Spark 100 programme – First details announced

The first details are announced for the Muriel Spark 100 programme of literary and cultural events.
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October 25, 2017 / Latest news

Check out our promotional video

Check out this short promotional video to get an overview of the centenary year, some of the events and activities...
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A Far Cry from Kensington is the Muriel Spark novel to fall in love with – The Guardian, 20 Feb 2018

How I’d love to look in Muriel’s handbags – The Times, 13 Feb 2018

Muriel Spark: 100 Years of One of Scotland’s Greatest Writers –, 8 Feb 2018

Reading group: Memento Mori by Muriel Spark is February’s choice – The Guardian, 6 Feb 2018

Kirsty Wark and Ian Rankin back calls for banknote tribute to acclaimed Scots author Muriel Spark – The Sunday Post, 4 Feb 2018

In her own words: Muriel Spark at 100 – The Irish Times, 3 Feb 2018

The Guardian view on Muriel Spark: gauzy wit and philosophical depth – The Guardian, 1 Feb 2018

Prime Cuts – The List, 1 Feb 2018

Literary stars back calls for Muriel Spark memorial – The Times, 1 Feb 2018

Janice Forsyth Show – Film review day and a centenary celebration of Muriel Spark – BBC Radio Scotland, 1 Feb 2018

Nicola Sturgeon leads tributes to Muriel Spark – The National, 1 Feb 2018

Listen to Muriel Spark Read from Her Work, in Honor of Her Hundredth Birthday – New Yorker, 1 Feb 2018

A Garland for Muriel Spark – Weekly Standard (US), 1 Feb 2018

Jenny Niven: ‘Muriel Spark was versatile, funny, dark, precise and completely original’ – The List, 1 Feb 2018

Funkelnd hellsichtig – Südwest Presse, 31 Jan 2018

Nicola Sturgeon reveals teen love of Muriel Spark – Scotsman, 31 Jan 2018

Eleanor Wachtel reflects on the life and legacy of Muriel Spark, on the centenary of her birth – CBC Radio (Canada), 30 Jan 2018

Help choose a Muriel Spark novel for February’s reading group – The Guardian, 30 Jan 2018

A Good Read (Stephen Fry & Alan Davies, with presenter Harriett Gilbert) – BBC Radio 4, 30 Jan 2018

‘Vital, witty, formidably blithe’: Ali Smith on Muriel Spark at 100 – The Guardian, 29 Jan 2018

From Muriel Spark to Jackie Kay, 10 landmark reads by Scots women – The Sunday Post, 28 Jan 2018

What’s on TV on demand – The Many Primes of Muriel Spark – The Sunday Times, 28 Jan 2018

‘Forgotten’ Scots novelist’s legacy to to be made into exhibition and TV documentary – The Daily Record, 27 Jan 2018

100. Geburtstag der Schriftstellerin Muriel Spark “Eine andere Welt als diese hier” – Deutschlandfunk Kultur, 26 Jan 2018

Muriel Spark’s companion of 30 years tells of ‘deep friendship’ – Scotsman, 23 Jan 2018

ARTS NEWS: Scottish art in erotic sale, Muriel Spark fund winners, Burns show at Saltire Society – Herald Scotland, 23 Jan 2018

Muriel Spark 100 Fund recipients revealed – Bookseller, 22 Jan 2018

Chapter One of The Comforters by Muriel Spark, with an introduction by Allan Massie – Scotsman, 20 Jan 2018

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will appear at tribute event to Dame Muriel Spark – The National, 19 Jan 2018

Nicola Sturgeon joins Muriel Spark centenary event line-up – Daily Mail, 18 Jan 2018

Nicola Sturgeon to appear at Muriel Spark centenary celebration – Scotsman, 18 Jan 2018

Nicola Sturgeon joins Muriel Spark centenary event line-up – Belfast Telegraph, 18 Jan 2018

Nicola Sturgeon to join Ian Rankin and Alexander McCall Smith for Muriel Spark celebration in Edinburgh – The Sunday Post, 18 Jan 2018

The Prime of Muriel Spark – The Skinny, 10 Jan 2018

Cutting with kindness: Rosemary Goring on the agonising decisions involved in abridging a favourite Muriel Spark novel for radio – Herald Scotland, 7 Jan 2018

The Best of What’s On in Scotland – Sunday Times (Scotland), 7 Jan 2018

A look ahead at the must-see art and culture events of 2018 – Scotsman, 6 Jan 2018

Message from the Skies – take a daunder in the city! – Edinburgh Reporter, 4 Jan 2018

Rosemary Goring: Often despised in life, Muriel Spark should be an inspiration for any woman – Herald Scotland, 3 Jan 2018

Performance: Message from the Skies, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, Four stars – Herald Scotland, 3 Jan 2018

Arts preview of 2018: Allan Massie on the year ahead in books – Scotsman, 1 Jan 2018

Val McDermid’s innovative new work to honour writing duo – Scotsman, 1 Jan 2018

Val’s Message From The Skies beams across city – Fife today, 1 Jan 2018

Resurrection woman: crime writer revives reputation of the ‘Scottish Jane Austen’ – Guardian, 30 Dec 2017

Pat Kane: From elections to space voyages – what to expect in 2018 – The National, 30 Dec 2017

Celebrate Muriel Spark’s Centennial in Edinburgh – The Culture Trip, 14 Dec 2017

A life skill that would give us all more spark – The Times, 11 Dec 2017

The Book Show S4 #21 Muriel Spark, Waterstones Cork, Jake Arnott – The Book Show, RTE Radio 1, 10 Dec 2017

Ian Rankin on the genius of Muriel Spark – BBC News, 9 Dec 2017

Edinburgh author Muriel Spark’s worries on ‘Miss Jean Brodie’ revealed – Scotsman, 8 Dec 2017

Original manuscript of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is part of major new Spark show – Herald Scotland, 8 Dec 2017

Original ‘Jean Brodie’ manuscript on show in Edinburgh’s Muriel Spark exhibition – Scotsman, 7 Dec 2017

Best books of 2017: critics’ picks – Financial Times, 1 Dec 2017

Happy Passenger – Times Literary Supplement, 28 Nov 2017

ARTS NEWS: Muriel Spark event at EIBF – Herald Scotland, 27 Nov 2017

Muriel Spark’s life celebrated with show of handbags and glad rags – Scotsman, 26 Nov 2017

Top authors to pay tribute at Spark centenary – The Times, 24 Nov 2017

Muriel Spark celebration featuring Ian Rankin to be held in Edinburgh next year – Sunday Post, 23 Nov 2017

Appointment in Arezzo by Alan Taylor review – the truth about Muriel Spark – The Guardian, 16 Nov 2017

Book review: Journalist Alan Taylor’s reminisces of his friendship with Muriel Spark are thoughtful and offer insight into a great writer – The National, 13 Nov 2017

Author Alan Taylor leads call for Muriel Spark memorial – The National, 10 Nov 2017

Muriel Spark 100 celebrates the birthday of one of Scotland’s best-loved authors – The List, 8 Nov 2017

Book review: Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark, by Alan Taylor – Scotsman, 7 Nov 2017

Where did Muriel Spark’s difficult reputation come from? – The Telegraph, 7 Nov 2017

Vital spark: Alexander McCall Smith, AL Kennedy and Alan Taylor remember Dame Muriel – Herald Scotland, 4 Nov 2017

Review: Appointment In Arezzo: A Friendship With Muriel Spark, Alan Taylor, Polygon – Herald Scotland, 4 Nov 2017

A fitting memento of the prime of Muriel Spark – Sunday Times, 29 Oct 2017

Alison Rowat’s week / Bright Spark – Herald Scotland, 28 Oct 2017

Is this Scotland’s greatest novelist of the post-Second World War period? – The National, 27 Oct 2017

Ken Smith’s Diary – Herald Scotland, 27 Oct 2017

Janice Forsyth Show (from 1:05:00) – BBC Radio Scotland, 26 Oct 2017

Cultural events mark centenary of writer Muriel Spark – BBC News, 26 Oct 2017

Prime of Miss Jean Brodie author’s books republished – STV News, 26 Oct 2017

Herald View: Why it’s right to celebrate Muriel Spark in her prime – Herald Scotland, 26 Oct 2017

Centenary should spark interest in great writer ignored by Scots – The Times (Scotland), 26 Oct 2017

Muriel Spark novels to be republished in centenary of author’s birth – Evening Express, 26 Oct 2017

Muriel Spark’s MI6 work to be examined during writer’s centenary – Scotsman, 26 Oct 2017

Muriel Spark celebrated: Year long series of publications, symposiums, celebrations to mark 100 years since writer’s birth – Herald Scotland, 26 Oct 2017

Muriel Spark novels to be republished to mark 100 years since birth – Sunday Post, 26 Oct 2017

Miss who admired Mussolini primed story of Jean Brodie – The Times Literary Supplement, 12 Oct 2017

The precocious Muriel Spark – The Times Literary Supplement, 3 Oct 2017

Muriel Spark’s novels to be republished on centenary – The Bookseller, 18 Sept 2017

Muriel Spark’s Centenary to be marked by string of events – The Bookseller, 7 Apr 2017


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