Muriel Spark: Crème de la Crème @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh [31 January]

Muriel Spark: Crème de la Crème

19:15 - 20:45

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Usher Hall
Lothian Road, EH1 2EA Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Edinburgh International Book Festival
in partnership with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Birlinn


A joyful night celebrating the life and work of one of Scotland’s greatest writers to mark the centenary of her birth.

Join a host of headline authors, actors and special guests, who read, perform and share their passion for a 20th century legend. The author of 22 novels, including the iconic The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark was also a poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic whose work has influenced a generation of Scottish writers.

In a specially commissioned presentation, her great friend, the literary critic and author of Appointment in Arezzo Alan Taylor, and Rosemary Goring, Herald Literary Editor and adapter of Far Cry from Kensington for radio, will guide you through the life of this most unconventional of writers. A daughter of Edinburgh, Muriel Spark travelled the world taking in London, Zimbabwe and New York before resting in the hills of the Tuscan countryside.

For the first time since 1963, Spark’s play Doctors of Philosophy will be presented on stage through performed extracts, directed by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director, David Greig.

Literary stars from Edinburgh including Ian Rankin will share their stories, favourite novels and why Spark continues to light up the literary landscape with her ‘goodness, truth and beauty’.

Please note: the event will be followed by a book signing with Alan Taylor.

The first 7 newly published Centenary Editions of Muriel Spark’s 22 novels will also be available to buy on the night.

£15 (£12 concessions)
Available through the Usher Hall Box Office
By phone: 0131 228 1155
Or in person at the Usher Hall

Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival's Booked! programme, supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery, and Muriel Spark 100, a nationwide celebration marking the centenary of her birth.
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