by SRB

New post aims to make most of Muriel Spark centenary

April 7, 2017 | by SRB

The National Library of Scotland and Creative Scotland are delighted to announce that a special post is being established to co-ordinate a range of exciting activity to mark next year’s centenary of the birth of Muriel Spark.

The centenary of Dame Muriel Spark’s birth on 1 February 2018 offers a unique opportunity to promote the life and work of one of Scotland’s finest and most internationally respected writers. Across Scotland’s creative and cultural community, plans are underway to celebrate Spark’s legacy through a co-ordinated, collaborative programme of literary and cultural events. Recruitment begins today for the new post of the Muriel Spark Centenary Co-ordinator which will be at the hub of this activity.

Events planned for the centenary include a major exhibition of Spark’s work at the National Library of Scotland which holds her voluminous archive; a BBC Two Scotland and BBC Four TV documentary; an international academic conference at the University of Glasgow; plans for publication of new editions of key texts; a special edition of Scottish Review of Books; an exhibition from the Muriel Spark Society, and a large scale public event presented by the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Funded by Creative Scotland and the National Library of Scotland, this exciting and rewarding role is testament to the collective will to raise the profile of Dame Muriel, her work, and her legacy. The Muriel Spark Centenary Co-ordinator will play a crucial part in making the centenary celebrations something truly memorable.

Colin McIlroy, Muriel Spark Project Curator, National Library of Scotland commented:  “Dame Muriel Spark was a Scots-born writer with a huge international reputation and it is very fitting that Scotland should honour her achievements in her centenary year. We are very fortunate to hold her archive which is one of the most comprehensive records of a writer’s life ever assembled. Highlights from it will be able to be seen in our forthcoming exhibition.”

Jenny Niven, Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland said: “The centenary of Dame Muriel Spark’s is both a landmark moment and an unparalleled opportunity to permanently influence the way in which this leading figure of Scotland’s cultural history features in the public imagination.

“Alongside today’s announcement, we’re keen to hear from writers and artists, groups and organisations with work in development or who are proposing to mark the Centenary in some way. This will offer us better idea of the scope and the scale of activity taking place, and will mean we can coordinate and collaborate with everyone taking part to best effect. If you have plans, please contact us at literature@creativescotland.com with an outline of your initial proposals. We look forward to working with you.”

The Muriel Spark Centenary Co-ordinator job description can be accessed at http://www.nls.engageats.co.uk/Welcome.aspx. The closing date for applications is 20 April, 2017.

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