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Spark(ed)! Muriel Spark’s influence and Legacy - Janice Galloway and Kirstin Innes

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2018 marks the centenary of the birth of the iconic writer Muriel Spark. Best-known as the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Dame Muriel was a poet, writer of fiction, criticism and literary biography, and was at the top of her profession, internationally, for more than half a century.

Join us at CoastWord for what promises to be a very special event about the influence and legacy of Muriel Spark with novelists Janice Galloway and Kirstin Innes, chaired by Kaite Welsh.


More on our Very Special Guests!

Janice Galloway


Janice's first book, The Trick is to keep Breathing, was published by Polygon Press in 1990 and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Since, she has written more novels, short stories, volumes of life writing, a handful of collaborative books of short fiction and poetry with sculptor Anne Bevan, poems for sculptor/photographer Calum Colvin, libretti, poems and one lonely play. Prizes and Awards include The American Academy of Arts and Letters EM Forster Award, Saltire Award and Creative Scotland Award. Her most recent publication, All Made Up, won Scottish Book of the Year 2012.

Kirstin Innes


Kirstin Innes is a writer and journalist; the author of Fishnet, described as a “bold, sensual and unflinching” debut novel, which won her the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize in 2015. She won the Allen Wright Award for Excellence in Arts Journalism in 2007 and 2011, and has also had a number of short stories published in anthologies and broadcast for radio. Additionally, she was the founder of the inspirational Words Per Minute cabaret series based at The Arches in Glasgow until 2012, and has performed across the UK, Australia and China.

Kaite Welsh

Kaite Welsh is an author, critic and journalist living in Scotland.

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Her novel The Wages of Sin, a feminist historical crime novel set in Victorian Edinburgh, was published by Headline in June 2017. It is the first novel featuring medical student, fallen woman and amateur sleuth Sarah Gilchrist, with two further books due in 2018 and 2019.

Her fiction has featured in several anthologies and she writes a regular column on LGBT issues for the Daily Telegraph as well as making frequent appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. In 2014 she was shortlisted for both the Scottish New Writers Award and the Moniack Mhor Bridge Award.