Message from Dame Muriel Spark

At the opening of the Library's travelling exhibition Muriel Spark - Scottish by Formation at the Writers' Museum in Edinburgh on Friday 9 July 2004, Christine Lloyd, founder and chairman of the Muriel Spark Society, read a message which she had received from Dame Muriel for the occasion.

Muriel Spark wrote:

'In August this year I will be visiting my native city for the Edinburgh Book Festival. Should I look in at this exhibition? Maybe I would risk a shock. At James Gillespie's School, which I attended from 1923 to 1935, we were taught repeatedly "not to make an exhibition of ourselves". Nevertheless, here I am.

'But I can't help feeling very proud of the honour that you do me on this occasion. I thank especially the keepers of the National Library of Scotland for the care and ingenuity they have put into mounting a show that reflects the efforts I have made, throughout my life, to give pleasure to readers of literature. It has been a long and difficult task, but the real reward lies in your appreciation, of which this exhibition is a most touching example. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.'

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