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Edinburgh International Book Festival in partnership with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Birlinn presents

Muriel Spark: Crème de la Crème

A joyful night celebrating the life and work of one of Scotland’s greatest writers to mark the centenary of her birth.

7:15pm, Wednesday 31 January 2018

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Join a host of headline authors and actors, who read, perform and share their passion for a 20th century legend. The author of 22 novels, including the iconic The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark was also a poet, playwright, essayist and literary critic whose work has influenced a generation of Scottish writers. 

In a specially commissioned presentation, her great friend, the literary critic and author of Appointment in Arezzo Alan Taylor, and Rosemary Goring, Herald Literary Editor and adapter of A Far Cry from Kensington for radio, will guide you through the life of this most unconventional of writers. They will be joined by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a great fan of Spark’s writing, along with Edinburgh-based writers Alexander McCall Smith and Ian Rankin, who will share their stories, favourite novels and why Spark continues to light up the literary landscape with her ‘goodness, truth and beauty’.

For the first time since 1963, Spark’s play Doctors of Philosophy will be presented on stage through performed extracts, directed by The Lyceum’s Artistic Director, David Greig and featuring actors including Maureen Beattie, Peter Forbes and Moyo Akandé.

Please note: the event will be followed by a book signing with Alan Taylor. The first 7 newly published Centenary Editions of Muriel Spark’s 22 novels will be available to buy on the night.

Running order

**Please note there is no interval this evening. There is a high volume of tickets to be collected this evening - please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to collect your tickets and take your seat**

Doors 6:15pm

Starts: 7:15pm

Ends: 8:45pm approximately

Prices

£15 - Full Price

£12 - Under 16's, Students, Senior Citizens, Disabled & Companion

**Please note a £1.50 handling fee applies on the overall transaction for all online & telephone bookings**