16 November 2011, 6 pm at the National Library of Scotland
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Tall Tales and Stilettos: Muriel Spark’s Short Stories
Professor Willy Maley, University of Glasgow
Known chiefly as a novelist, Muriel Spark was a gifted short story writer. She once remarked: “I treat the supernatural as if it was part of natural history. If I write a ghost story it wouldn’t come under the heading of ghost story necessarily because I treat it as if it was a natural thing”. This natural approach to the supernatural gives her most far-fetched stories a deadly sharpness.
Willy Maley is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of Muriel Spark for Starters (Capercaillie Books, 2008), and co-editor, with Michael Gardiner, The Edinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark (Edinburgh University Press, 2010),