Murial Spark, 1984 by Alexander Moffatt


14 Jun 2018 10.00am to 18 Jun 2018 5.00pm


Lyon & Turnbull

33 Broughton Place



Addressing Spark: An archive collection and conversation

In celebration of 100 years of Muriel Spark, The Muriel Spark Society present:

Addressing Spark
An archive collection and conversation
15 to 18 June 2018 | 10am to 5pm weekdays, 12 noon to 4pm weekends

Boutique exhibition of celebrating the portraits Spark created in words featuring personal items from her last home in Italy, the desk on which it is said she wrote The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and eye-catching costumes from three outstanding theatre adaptations of her novels.  

Dame Muriel Spark (1918 - 2006)

Born in Edinburgh, and having lived in Rhodesia, London and New York, Dame Muriel Spark (1918-2006) chose to finally settle in Italy in the 1960s.  She began her Italian life in Rome where she met Penelope Jardine, a sculptor, who after a few years invited Muriel to share her large home in the Tuscan countryside near Arezzo.   

There, she found a balance of space and security which enabled her to live there contentedly.  In Italy, she wrote more than half of her total of twenty-two novels. She travelled widely, gathered numerous awards from prestigious universities and was made Dame in 1993.  She is buried in a small graveyard close to her home with the simple word “Poeta” inscribed on her gravestone, and a quotation from one of her poems. 

The Muriel Spark Society would like to thank the following individuals and organisations, for their support: 

Alexander Moffat OBE RSA 
Penelope Jardine 
The National Library of Scotland  
The National Theatre of Scotland  
Royal Lyceum Theatre 
Stellar Quines 
Ian Rankin OBE