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Alan Taylor

BOOKMARK is delighted to offer special events to celebrate the centenary of Muriel Spark, one of Scotland's best-loved and most original writers. Famous for 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie', Spark wrote another 21 novels, collections of poetry, biographies and essays.

Join us for a day in the company of those who knew her best. Alan Taylor, well-known journalist and critic, became her good friend.  His memoir 'Appointment in Arezzo' is an exceptional account of this friendship, full of wit, insights and charming story-telling.  He is also a terrific raconteur and his tales of his travels with Muriel will captivate us all.

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor

 He will be joined by Rosemary Goring, Literary Editor of The Herald and, Gail Wylie, Past Chair of The Muriel Spark Society, to discuss the joys – and difficulties – of abridging Spark's work for radio.


Karen Campbell was inspiring. Her talk and readings from Rise were memorable.

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