Muriel Spark centenary

Issued: Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:25:00 GMT

Muriel Spark Symposium to celebrate the life of one of Scotland's greatest literary talents


A series of events will be held by the University of Glasgow next year to mark the centenary of the birth of one of Scotland’s greatest writers.

Dame Muriel Spark was born on 1 February 1918. To celebrate the centenary of her birth, a three day symposium is been held at the University, in conjunction with the National Library of Scotland, from 31 January – 2 February 2018.

During her lifetime Dame Muriel wrote 22 novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Comforters and A Far Cry from Kensington.

Professor Gerard Carruthers, the Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature at the University and one of the organisers of the Muriel Spark Centenary Symposium, said: “Dame Muriel Spark was a Scottish writer with an international appeal and reputation. It is fitting therefore to mark what would have been her centenary with a symposium at the University of Glasgow which will reflect on her literary legacy and influence.

“We are looking forward to been involved in this collaboration with the National Library of Scotland to mark this centenary.”


As well as her novels, Dame Muriel was also an essayist, playwright, poet and literary critic whose work has influenced a generation of British and Scottish writers. She has been named among the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

The Muriel Spark Centenary symposium will celebrate and consolidate that great literary reputation.

Held in the Kelvin Hall, there will be a range of academic speakers, creative writing workshops and conversation about the new memoir on her to mark the centenary of her birth 

There will also be a screening of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie during the three day event.

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