The Muriel Spark 100 programme is an opportunity to develop learning and outreach activity for university and school students, teachers, lecturers/educators, as well as families and community groups. Many partners are running events that focus on education and audience engagement: workshops, talks, competitions, CPD opportunities, etc. Find out more on the Events page, where all these events are tagged as Learning. To make a booking for an event, or to find out more, please contact the organiser directly: details are available along with event information.

Muriel Spark and classmates at James Gillespie’s Girls’ school, 1930s (Spark is on the back row far left)


You can find interesting resources created for this centenary here, including an info pack, a list of new publications, podcasts, radio excerpts and more.

Arts Schools Engagement project

Muriel Spark was an influential figure in many areas: literature of course, but also fashion, illustration, cinema and pop culture. We have developed an engagement programme with Scottish arts schools that will highlight these interesting pluri-disciplinary elements and invite Illustration, Design and Animation students develop new work based/influenced by Dame Muriel’s work and/or life.

The objective is to offer the opportunity for students, as part of their year’s project, to create new work that will be promoted in the national centenary programme and displayed, with the collaboration of Muriel Spark 100 partners, outside the universities’ walls.

Participating schools include Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Gray’s School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

If you would like to involve your students and receive a copy of the brief, please contact Sabrina Leruste, Muriel Spark 100 Coordinator at s.leruste@nls.uk. Please note that the brief is aimed at participating tutors and lecturers who want to involve their students in the project. Participating tutors/lecturers will be the main liaison with students at all stages.

Learning partners

Learning partners include the Scottish Book Trust, the National Library of Scotland, the National Museums of Scotland, Scottish Library and Information Council, Glasgow Women’s Library, Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Arts, Gray’s School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and the Association for Scottish Literary Studies.