We have hugely enjoyed being part of the Muriel Spark 100 celebrations in 2018 to mark the centenary of such a favourite Scottish writer. Though nowadays remembered more for her twenty-two novels, she started her writing career as a poet and was editor of Poetry Review.
To celebrate her legacy as a Scottish writer, and in partnership with Polygon, the Poetry Society and British Council, we commissioned six poets to write poems responding to quotes from a selection of Muriel Spark novels. The poets selected were Andrew Blair, Lyn Coffin, Patrick James Errington, Sally Evans, Lindsay Macgregor and Catherine Wilson.
Under the title of Necessarily Looking Backward, the poems they wrote for this project featured in a digital installation at this year’s StAnza festival, and at an event about the project. They also appeared elsewhere in poem panels around town.
As a finale to this StAnza project, we have now prepared an e-book of the poems, presented with the quotes which inspired them and images of the covers from the new editions of the novels. The e-book is available online at the following link, and we hope others now share our enjoyment in these six poems.