Edinburgh Villanelle: A Celebration of Muriel Spark with Elaine Feinstein and Alan Taylor

On Thursday, February 22, we invite you to join us in the Library for a special event, a conversation about Muriel Spark between journalist Alan Taylor and poet Elaine Feinstein to mark Spark's centenary.

The Scottish Poetry Library is especially keen to celebrate Spark’s legacy, because, as is often overlooked, she began her writing career as a poet and poetry critic.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £10 (£8 concessions). The event will begin at 7pm on Thursday, 22 February and will consist in its first half of a conversation between Feinstein and Taylor about Spark and her memoir Curriculum Vitae; after a short break, the event with resume with Feinstein reading her own poetry. It promises to be a great evening remembering Spark’s life and her poetry.

Elaine Feinstein is a distinguished poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, biographer and translator. Her most recent collection of poetry, The Clinic Memory: New and Selected Poems is published by Carcanet Press earlier this year. She has written biographies of Bessie Smith, Marina Tsvetaeva, Ted Hughes, Pushkin, Anna Akhmatova, and D.H. Lawrence.

Alan Taylor is a journalist, editor, and broadcaster. He has interviewed practically every British and American writer worth interviewing over the past three decades, including John Updike, Philip Roth, and Gore Vidal. In 1990, he was sent to Italy to interview Muriel Spark, which marked the beginning of a friendship that endured until her death in 2006. Appointment in Arezzo is a warm, often humorous, always insightful account of their relationship.


22 February 2018 - 7:00pm


Scottish Poetry Library


£10 (£8)

How to book

Book tickets online via Eventbrite.

Contact for further details

Email the SPL.

Category: discussion, live readings, SPL programme