Muriel Spark classic to be translated for Chinese audience

A new Chinese edition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is to be published in China to mark the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark’s birth.

The publication will carry a foreword written by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who announced the new publication at an event at Fudan University in Shanghai to celebrate both Muriel Spark’s centenary and China’s year-long ‘Inspiring Women in the Arts’ campaign.

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Addressing an audience of students, academics and publishing professionals she spoke of her love of Muriel Spark, and her work to encourage young people to take up reading through the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces the translation of Muriel Spark's novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie to be translated into Chinese

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

The event was organised by the British Council and attended by Chen ZhiMin, Associate Vice President of Fudan University, Scottish-based authors Claire McFall and Louise Welsh, Chinese author Jing Xing, Wang Hong Tu, Director of Shanghai Writers’ Association.

“I am delighted that Chinese readers will be soon able to enjoy a new edition of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and as a huge admirer of Muriel Spark’s work I am honoured to be given the opportunity to write the foreword,” said Ms Sturgeon.

“This publication highlights the global appeal of Muriel Spark, and underlines her status as one of Scotland’s best-loved writers. She has inspired countless female authors to take up writing, and I’m confident she will continue to do so.

“The global programme of events being held to mark the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark can only help to promote the spread and popularity of Scottish authors.”

Creative Scotland’s Head of Literature, Languages and Publishing Jenny Niven said that as a true internationalist Muriel would have been delighted that her work is being introduced to new audiences around the world.

Nick Marchand, the British Council’s Director Arts for China and North East Asia said: “In a year of Inspiring Women in the Arts in China, we’re delighted to support Scotland’s celebrations of the Centenary Year of Muriel Spark. It’s thrilling to connect a literary history with contemporary Scottish writers Louise Welsh and Claire McFall – particularly given Claire’s cult following in China for Ferryman.

“What’s more, it’s clear the connections made with Shanghai’s Fudan University through a shared love of literature now offer some exciting opportunities for creative collaboration in the future.”