Muriel Spark 100
with Colin McIlroy
Saturday 6th October 6.30pm – 7.30pm
£10 Queen’s Hall
2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Muriel Spark and provides the perfect opportunity to consider her place in modern literature. In 2008, The Times placed Dame Muriel at number eight in their list of ‘The 50 greatest British writers since 1945’.
Join Spark experts, Professor Patricia Waugh and Dr Simon Cooke, as they discuss Spark’s use of the voice in her writing, her technique of transfiguring the genres of detective and romance fiction to her own aesthetic ends, and her belief in ‘the arts of satire and ridicule’. Also explored will be the ways in which espionage, secrecy, and spying often take centre-stage in Spark’s writing.
Dr Colin McIlroy, the Muriel Spark archivist at the National Library of Scotland, will chair the discussion.