Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Muriel Spark Society AGM

Our AGM will take place this coming Monday 3 June at 6pm. The location is once again the Saltire Society. Please note: subscriptions are due for renewal on the night.
After formal business is concluded, we will have a talk by Shane Strachan, and then on to dinner at Pizza Express on North Bridge. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Jazzy Spark at the Fringe

Saxophonist Raymond MacDonald is performing an intriguing interpretation of Spark at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. “Lie still my sleepy fortunes” will take place at the Pianodrome at the Pitt (Venue 391) on August 16 and 17 at 5pm. The performance lasts one hour.
£12 (£10)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Spark Book Group - Territorial Rights and My Venice

The next Spark Book Group will convene on Tuesday 9 April at 6pm. We will meet in the Saltire Society at 22 High Street, and will be expertly led once again by Joyce Caplan. Territorial Rights was studied for the annual quiz, so the homework should all be done! Please also read Spark's essay on Venice, which can be found in the collection, The Golden Fleece.
Gail Wylie will be freshly returned from Venice and is hoping to bring back some Spark associated booty. We'll also get in the mood with some Italian wine and nibbles. Do join us if you can.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Muriel Spark Society Wine Tasting

The Society presented a very successful wine tasting at the Scottish Arts Club last night. Many members attended, as well as guests invited by Committee member Bridget Stevens. This made for a good mix and a convivial time was had by all. This was in no small measure due to the expertise of Alan Johnston, our guide for the evening. After a heady start on prosecco, the various wines were presented in batches of two for very telling comparison. A Old World/New World debate ensued!
Fun prizes were presented, and a top one of fine wine went to one of the expert tasters. Our great thanks particularly to Alan and Bridget. Thanks to Lorna Statham for organising, prizes, and like Jack Reynolds, pouring so judiciously!

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Spark Book Group - next meeting

The Muriel Spark Society Book Group next convenes on Tuesday 9 April at 6pm. Our title this time is Territorial Rights, her novel set in Venice. We shall also consider her brilliant essay on Venice included in The Golden Fleece (pp. 84-89). The discussion will be led by Joyce Caplan.
Refreshments will be served. Join us and do some excellent preparation for our visit! You are also very welcome if you can’t make the trip.
The Saltire Society
Fountain Close, High Street

Friday, February 01, 2019

Olga Wojtas goes to Morningside ...

A talk with Olaga Wojtas
Olga Wojtas was born and brought up in Edinburgh where she attended James Gillespie’s High School and inspired by Muriel Spark work. Her latest book, Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samooar is the ‘crème de la crème of crime fiction debuts’. (Edinburgh International Festival)
"Fifty-something Shona is a proud former pupil of the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, but has a deep loathing for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Shona is thrilled when selected by Marcia Blaine herself to travel back in time for a one-week mission in 19th-century Russia..."
She will talk about her book at Morningside Library.

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Morningside Library
184 Morningside Road
EH10 4PU
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Happy 101st Birthday Muriel Spark!

Let the celebrations continue ...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Jessamine Davenport

We are very sad to announce the passing of our stalwart member Jessamine Davenport. Jessamine beguiled us with stories of her life. She was an indispensable part of our trip to Siena, and played host to the Sparkisti at her home. Thank you Jessamine.