Friday, January 03, 2020

Eric Lloyd 1923-2019

The Society is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Eric Lloyd on December 27, at the age of 96. Eric was our founding Treasurer and was an indispensable support to his wife Christine in establishing and developing the Muriel Spark Society. The Chairman will attend the funeral on January 10th. Our sincerest condolences to Christine.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Henry Kondracki: literary supplement

A chamber exhibition of paintings by Kondracki inspired by literary Edinburgh is on at the Royal Scottish Academy until January 5 2020. As you might imagine, Muriel Spark and Jean Brodie feature prominently. Entrance is free.

Muriel Spark Society Book Group

The Muriel Spark Society Book Group will meet on Monday 20 January at 6pm. The location is the Saltire Society just off the High Street in Edinburgh. Gail Wylie will lead a discussion of the poems by Spark which inspired David Matthews musical piece, White Flame, to be performed by the Nash
Ensemble with mezzo soprano a week hence at the Queen’s Hall (see separate post below)
The five early poems are:
The Victoria Falls
Like Africa
Winter Poem
To Lucius Sestius in the Spring

Concert for Muriel Spark

A concert with a Scottish premiere of a piece inspired by Spark’s poetry will be held in Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on Monday 27 January 2020 at 7.45pm. The new piece, White Flame, is by David Matthews and is for piano quintet and mezzo soprano. The piece was commissioned by Penelope Jardine to mark Dame Muriel’s centenary in 2018.
The Nash Ensemble will perform in a concert supported by the Muriel Spark Society and The New Town Concert Society.
There is a pre concert talk at 6.30 pm: composer David Matthews and Alan Taylor.
Tickets are available from the Queen’s Hall Box Office:
0131 668 2019.

Muriel Spark Society Annual Birthday Lunch 2020

Our annual Birthday Lunch will take place on Sunday 26 January at 12.30pm. The venue is the Bruntsfield Hotel Edinburgh. Once again there will be a raffle and a quiz (with prizes!) on the novel, Memento Mori. In honour of the closeness to Burns day, haggis will be on the menu. The lunch is £32 per head with fizz on arrival and a glass of wine with lunch. It is open to non-members; please contact the Society if you would like to join us.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Angus P Collins 1943-2019

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Angus Collins. Angus’s course on Muriel Spark is the context out of which the Society grew. He inspired our founder, Christine Lloyd, and encouraged her to write to Spark to gain her blessing for the formation of a society in her name. He worked on the Committee, led book groups with quiet precision, and co-edited our newsletter. Many members will have happy memories of him.
The Chairman attended the funeral at the invitation of his widow, Hiromi.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Janice Galloway gives our annual lecture 12 November 2019

Janice Galloway delivered a fresh, detailed and unique perspective on Muriel Spark at the National Library of Scotland this week. The event was booked out, and informed questions taken at the end. She spoke about meetings with Spark, Spark's works and life. All was engagingly illustrated with colourful slides and a sound excerpt form an interview. Great to hear Muriel's voice once again.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Agnes Crawford in Venice ...

Check out Rome specialist Agnes Crawford on Venice. Wonderful images and insights.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Scottish premiere of music inspired by Muriel Spark

A special coda to the Muriel Spark centenary with the first performance in Scotland of David Matthews’ setting of Muriel Spark poems, White Flame. This will be framed by a hallmark Nash Ensemble selection from some of the best-loved works in the chamber repertory.

Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor K478
David Matthews: ‘White Flame’ – a setting of Muriel Spark poems for mezzo-soprano, piano and string quartet
Brahms: Two songs Op 91 for voice, viola & piano
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat Op 44
Victoria Simmonds: mezzo-soprano

Preceded at 6.30pm by a talk by composer David Matthews and Alan Taylor, past Chairman of The Muriel Spark Society, on the work commissioned to celebrate her writings.

Nash Ensemble, 19:45 Monday 27 Jan 2020
The Queen's Hall, The Queen's Hall, 85-89 Clerk St, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG

Tickets £16-£25

To book tickets, please call the Box Office on +44 (0)131 668 2019. Opening hours are generally 10am to 5.15pm, although these are extended when there is an event on.

Presented by New Town Concerts Society in association with The Muriel Spark Society and with financial assistance from the Muriel Spark Foundation.

Janice Galloway on Muriel Spark

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Acclaimed Scottish novelist Janice Galloway will deliver the annual Muriel Spark Society Lecture at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, on November 12 2019 at 5.30pm.
The free lecture is now fully booked, but you can contact the National Library of Scotland to be added to the waiting list. Contact NLS events: 0131 623 3734.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Spark at the Edinburgh Art Festival 2019

A Bust of Muriel Spark features in the exhibition below:

25 July - 31 August 2019
The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh presents Writing Heads, an exhibition of 25 busts of 20th century novelists and playwrights sculpted in ciment fondu and painted by Nicole Farhi MRSS, from Fran├žoise Sagan to Muriel Spark and Samuel Beckett. Farhi models her figures as a response to their identity and work, sculpting after her feelings towards the figure as much as their recognisable qualities.

Tutored and mentored by Eduardo Paolozzi and Jean Gibson, Farhi is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and has exhibited at Gainsborough’s House and Beaux Arts London.

A limited edition of bronze casts from the busts are available for sale in an edition of 7.

Nicole Farhi: Writing Heads is part of the Edinburgh Art Festival,
25 July - 25 August 2019 @EdArtFest #EdArtFest