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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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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Six of the greatest Edinburgh set films of all time – EdinburghLive, 8 December 2018

The UK’s venerable literary prize prepares for 100 year birthday in Edinburgh – The Herald, 5 December 2018

Prime time – The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition), 1 December 2018

Scottish forensic scientist wins Saltire literary prize – The Scotsman, 30 November 2018

Libraries benefit from special tribute to leading author – The Gazette, 29 November 2018

Libraries to receive sets of Muriel Spark novels to mark centenary – The Scotsman, 21 November 2018

Muriel Spark books for every Scots library – The Herald, 21 November 2018

Every library in Scotland given complete collection of Muriel Spark novels – iNews, 21 November 2018

Lee Child and Ian Rankin: eleven things we learned from their Southbank Centre conversationGQ, 16 November 2018

Aid worker Linda Norgrove among new entries in dictionary of Scottish women – The Scotsman, 12 November 2018

Gabriel Josipovici: “I abhor art of any kind that follows agendas” – New Statesman, 7 November 2018

Feeling blue over lack of plaques for women – The Guardian, 2 November 2018

From Muriel Spark to Angela Carter: which women should get blue plaques? – The Guardian, 1 November 2018

Things To Do This Week In London: 29 October-4 November 2018 – Londonist, 29 October 2018

Irvine Welsh among contenders for Saltire Literary Awards – Shropshire Star, 22 October 2018

Centaur Theatre’s Choir Boy is a raw, emotional and truthful telling of excellence – The Concordian, 16 October 2018

Stories from Aberdeen’s African twin city to be published – The Press and Journal, 16 October 2018

Review: a celebration of Muriel Spark – The Mancunion, 18 October 2018

Rising stars of world literature to create work in Edinburgh – The Scotsman, 15 October 2018

Spark lights the way to Africa for Aberdeen writer’s book – Aberdeen Evening Express, 5 October 2018

Prime of Muriel Spark will be celebrated at Bookmark Festival – The Courier, 2

I’ll never be seen as a Scottish writer, says William Boyd – The Times, 22 September 2018

Top 5 books about crime as chosen by Liam McIlvanney – The Big Issue, 21 September 2018

Travel writer Paul Theroux gets personal in these essays – The Telegraph India, 21 September 2018

In search of the elusive Muriel Spark – Sussex Express, 13 September 2018

Sunday Reading: School Days – The New Yorker, 16 September 2018

Kate Atkinson: By the Book – The New York Times,

Ali Smith: Spark and Time, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review –, 27 August 2018

Nicola Sturgeon to discuss her ‘life in books’ at festival – BBC News online, 22 August 2018

Edinburgh Book Festival: Muriel Spark and the theme of freedom – The Scotsman, 18 August 2018

All About Miss Jean Brodie, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review –, 17 August 2018

A Tribute to Muriel Spark, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Review –, 16 August 2018

Interview: Olga Wojtas looks to Muriel Spark for inspiration – The Scotsman, 11 August 2018

‘A thoroughly entertaining failure’: the return of Muriel Spark’s mega-flop – The Guardian, 8 August 2018

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2018 – Mercurial Muriel’s Sparkling Script – The Edinburgh Reporter, 31 July 2018

Actress Kelly Macdonald’s 10 Favorite Books – Vulture, 19 July 2018

Muriel Spark is a bard of Nastiness and Lies – The Economist, 19 July 2018

Women Set London’s Stages Ablaze – The New York Times, 9 July 2018

Dundee Icons Reimagined Among a Number of Cool Scots by City Designer – The Evening Telegraph, 9 July 2018

Theatre reviews: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Finishing The Picture and more – The Observer, 24 June 2018

Theatre reviews: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Finishing The Picture and more – The Sunday Express, 24 June 2018

Theatre reviews: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Finishing The Picture and more – The Daily Express, 22 June 2018

‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’: Theater Review – Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2018

Theatre review: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse, WC2 – The Times, 14 June 2018

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie review – words are weapons in smart take on Spark – The Guardian, 13 June 2018

‘I’m not interested in being sentimental’: Lia Williams on starring in ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ – The Independent, 11 June 2018

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at Donmar Warehouse: First Look at Production Starring Li Williams – The Evening Standard, 11 June 2018

Edinburgh book festival ‘incubator for new theatre ideas’ – The Stage, 8 June 2018

Line-up unveiled for Edinburgh International Book Festival – The National, 8 June 2018

Edinburgh International Book Festival reveals line-up of freedom fighters – The Scotsman, 7 June 2018

Edinburgh steps and pathway named in honour of Muriel Spark – The Scotsman, 2 June 2018

‘Forgotten’ Muriel Spark stage play to be revived – Herald Scotland, 30 May 2018

Lia Williams interview: from Mary Stuart to Miss Jean Brodie – The Times, 27 May 2018

Polly Findlay: ‘It’s a thrilling time to be working in theatre’ – the Observer, 26 May 2018

Review: Women on Writing in the Adnams Spiegeltent – Eastern Daily Press (Norfolk), 26 May 2018

Novel approach for Aberdeen writer as he wins fellowship to follow tale of fashion designer – Evening Express (Aberdeen), 22 May 2018

ARTS NEWS: Stevenson fellows announced – Herald Scotland, 22 May 2018

New Robert Stevenson Fellowships – Scottish Field, 21 May 2018

Ten literature highlights at Norfolk and Norwich Festival – Eastern Daily Press (Norfolk), 17 May 2018

BBC showcases women’s voices with ‘Hear Her’ season – RealScreen, 7 May 2018

Illustrated Virago Modern Classics collection celebrates female authors – Design Week, 3 May 2018

Line-up unveiled for best ever Borders Book Festival – Peeblesshire News, 24 April 2018

What Muriel Spark’s novels can teach us about life – America Magazine, 17 April 2018

Beard, Olusoga and Keyes feature in BBC’s Hay line up – The Bookseller, 16 April 2018

ARTS NEWS: GI Festival begins, art exhibition opens in Dundee, Spies in Edinburgh – Herald Scotland, 16 April 2018

More cultural exchanges between China, Scotland – Brinkwire, 16 April 2018

Robert McNeil: Week Ahead (Spark/Spy Week) – Herald Scotland, 16 April 2018

The People’s History Show – STV, 16 April 2018

Sino-Scottish cultural exchanges increase – Global Times (China), 15 April 2018

More cultural exchanges between China, Scotland – Xinhua Net (China), 14 April 2018

At the Fruitmarket Gallery – Lee Lozano – Edinburgh Reporter, 14 April 2018

The prying of Miss Jean Brodie’s MI6 creator in Spy Festival – The National, 14 April 2018

ARTS NEWS: Poetry illustrations at National Library, Scottish talent at RPS awards, Spark in Chinese – Herald Scotland, 13 April 2018

New Chinese publication of classic Muriel Spark novel announced – Daily Mail (Scotland), 12 April 2018

New Chinese publication of classic Muriel Spark novel announced – Aberdeen Evening Express, 12 April 2018

New Chinese publication of classic Muriel Spark novel announced – Times and Star, 12 April 2018

Muriel Spark in Chinese – Scottish Government Blog, 12 April 2018

FM announces Chinese publication of classic Muriel Spark novel – The National, 12 April 2018

From Dawn Till Dusk with Val McDermid – The National, 8 April 2018

A look at the long prime of novelist Muriel Spark on the centenary of her birth – The Stateman, 7 April 2018

Scottish author Muriel Spark’s work to be celebrated – Press and Journal (Aberdeen), 4 April 2018

Muriel Spark, who would have turned 100 this year, is one author to be remembered ‘with fondest joy’ – The Hindu (India), 31 March 2018

Appointment in Arezzo: Alan Taylor on Muriel Spark – The Australian, 31 March 2018

A woman taking control of all of her life, including its end – The Scotsman, 24 March 2018

Lia Williams to star in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at Donmar Warehouse – Evening Standard, 21 March

Lia Williams to star in adaptation of Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – The Stage, 21 March 2018

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: Lia Williams stars in this adaptation of Muriel Spark’s most famous novel – Time Out London, 21 March 2018

The Prime of Catholic Imagination – Scottish Catholic Observer, 16 March 2018

Claire Miller: Why we need to honour Edinburgh’s forgotten women – Evening Edinburgh News, 12 March 2018

Books: must reads and events, March 11 – The Sunday Times, 11 March 2018

The International Style of Muriel Spark : This enchanting show unwraps the many layers of the author’s colourful life and prolific writing career, says Alison Parfitt – The Museums Journal, 1 March 2018

Edinburgh Villanelle: A Celebration of Muriel Spark with Elaine Feinstein and Alan Taylor – The Student Newspaper (Edinburgh), 28 Feb 2018

A Far Cry from Kensington is the Muriel Spark novel to fall in love with – The Guardian, 20 Feb 2018

Muriel Spark at 100: In praise of a gem of a writer – Brisbane Times, 19 Feb 2018

SCOTTISH REVIEW OF BOOKS: Celebrating Muriel Spark’s centenary – Herald (Scotland), 14 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

Muriel Spark, la più cattiva, la più geniale – La Stampa (Italy), 2 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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