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Bestselling author Ian Rankin is backing a National Library of Scotland fundraising campaign to buy the final portion of Muriel Spark's archive.
The campaign will aim to raise £250,000 to buy and catalogue the remainder of the archive by 2018, the centenary of Spark's birth.
Edinburgh-born Dame Muriel was well-known for collecting — she rarely discarded a piece of paper. Over several decades, the Library has built up what is now a significant and unique literary collection that reflects the Scottish writer's life and work.
Spark's archive contains rich correspondence, photographs and newspaper cuttings, along with fascinating details from Spark's everyday life, such as train tickets and shopping lists.
Ian Rankin will launch the fundraising campaign on 5 February at a reception at the Library. 'As a long-time fan of Muriel Spark's writing, I'm determined her treasure trove of an archive should have its home in Edinburgh, the city of her birth and the setting for her most famous work,' he said.
Read more in our Muriel Spark Campaign media release.
5 February 2015