The 12 recipients of the new Muriel Spark 100 Fund: Endless Different Ways Small Grants Fund have been announced today 22 January by Creative Scotland, as part of the centenary celebrations for one of Scotland’s finest and most internationally respected writers. The fund is providing awards of up to £1,500 to individual writers, artists and groups looking to celebrate the work, contribution or legacy of Dame Muriel Spark, with £16,000 awarded overall.

The successful applicants are:

  • Jessica Danz
  • Janice Galloway
  • Belle Jones and Beldina Odenyo
  • Raymond MacDonald
  • Theresa Muñoz
  • Tracey S. Rosenberg
  • Kristian Smith
  • StAnza Scotland’s Poetry Festival
  • Shane Strachan
  • Tidy Carnage
  • Hannah Van Hove
  • Morna Young

The awarded funds are being used to create new work exploring different aspects of Muriel’s life, travel and/or residencies linked to places or ideas which were significant to Muriel, or the development of other ideas inspired by Muriel and which emerged from the artistic and creative community in Scotland.

The successful applicants have approached this challenge with creativity, passion and insight, often engaging with diverse elements of Spark’s life or work, including famous novels such as The Prime of Miss Jean BrodieThe Public Image and The Mandelbaum Gate, her influence as an experimental writer, poet and essayist and also her life experiences, identity, legacy and travels. The creative practices of the successful applicants run across literature, theatre, music and visual arts.

A full list of projects and further information can be found on http://www.creativescotland.com/what-we-do/latest-news/archive/2018/01/writers-centenary-fund-sparks-imaginative-new-ideas

In this major exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the life and work of Muriel Spark and discover archive material and personal artefacts which illuminate the inspirations behind her literary style, her love of fashion, and the significance of the places where she lived.

National Library of Scotland, 8 Dec 2017 – 13 May 2018.
More information: https://murielspark100.com/event/the-international-style-of-muriel-spark/

Today, Thursday 26 October 2017, the first details are announced for Muriel Spark 100 –  a year-long, nationwide programme of literary and cultural events and activities marking the centenary of one of Scotland’s finest and most internationally respected writers, Dame Muriel Spark.

Led by Creative Scotland and the National Library of Scotland in collaboration with a host of partner individuals, groups and organisations, today’s news coincides with:

  • the launch of a dedicated centenary website murielspark100.com
  • new funds for artists and groups to develop and present new work as part of the centenary year
  • a call out by Muriel Spark 100 organisers to anyone with plans to mark the centenary, to be in touch.

Full press release

Check out this short promotional video to get an overview of the centenary year, some of the events and activities that have already been confirmed and to encourage new partners to get involved.