in the 1980s.
A year-long celebration of the life and work of Dame Muriel Spark opens today (26 October).
'Muriel Spark 100' is being organised jointly by the National Library and Creative Scotland to pay tribute to one of Scotland's most important novelists.
The first details of a nationwide programme of events to mark the centenary of Spark's birth have been released on the Muriel Spark 100 website. Already planned are:
- The publication of new editions of all 22 of Spark's novels
- A major exhibition based on her archive, which is held at the Library
- An international academic conference exploring different aspects of her writing
- A walking tour of the places that inspired her in Edinburgh
- A series of BBC radio programmes in which leading Scottish writers reflect on her achievements.
National Librarian Dr John Scally said: 'The opportunity to celebrate the life and work of Dame Muriel Spark is as exciting a prospect as opening one of her books for the very first time. The activities planned over the coming year promise to be lively, varied and engaging.'
Creative Scotland is also offering grants of up to £1,500 to help artists and groups develop new work inspired by Spark's writing as part of the centenary year.
Find out more in the Muriel Spark 100 media release.
26 October 2017