On Friday 11 April (5:30pm-7pm), Dame Stella Rimington, acclaimed author and former head of MI5, delivers this special public lecture on the theme of ‘Espionage in Fact and Fiction’ at the Playfair Library, Old College, the University of Edinburgh. The event is free but ticketed – to book please visit the Eventbrite page here.
Dame Stella Rimington became the first female Director General of MI5 in 1992, a position she held until 1996, when she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB). Since leaving MI5, Rimington has become a celebrated author: her autobiography, Open Secret, was published in 2001, and her first novel, At Risk, appeared in 2004. This inaugurated a series of spy fiction thrillers notable for their ‘insider’ knowledge, and for featuring a female protagonist, Liz Carlyle – most recently in Rimington’s latest novel, The Geneva Trap (2012).