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Blog entries on '25 July 2007'

Wednesday 25 July 2007

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You've long be able to leave comments on the RSB blog but now, thanks to the genius that is Lee, you can now leave comments on all our articles and interviews as well. Yay! Web 2.0 or what!!

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Wednesday 25 July 2007

Muriel Spark memorial

Bronte Blog informs me that the "Edinburgh Evening News reports that a permanent memorial to Dame Muriel Spark is to be created in Edinburgh":

The memorial stone in Makar's Court, just off the Royal Mile, is seen as a suitably "dignified" tribute to the Edinburgh-born writer, who died in April last year. The simple stone slab will feature either a quotation from one of Dame Muriel's novels or her autobiography.

At the Makar's Court, she will take her place alongside Rabbie Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott, who are also celebrated with inscriptions outside the city's Writers' Museum.(...)

The Muriel Spark Society has been planning a tribute to the author ever since her death, but has struggled to find funds.

But now, following a "generous donation" from an anonymous donor, the plans can go ahead.

Posted by Mark Thwaite
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Omens, after Alexander Pushkin

I rode to meet you: dreams
like living beings swarmed around me
and the moon on my right side
followed me, burning.

I rode back: everything changed.
My soul in love was sad
and the moon on my left side
trailed me without hope.

To such endless impressions
we poets give ourselves absolutely,
making, in silence, omen of mere event,
until the world reflects the deepest needs of the soul.

-- Louise Gluck
Averno (Carcanet Press)

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