‘The spy is a uniquely characteristic and significant figure of our time’
(from Kingsley Amis’s The Anti-Death League, 1966)
Spy Week 2015 will run from May 18th to 23rd.
What accounts for the immense appeal of spy fiction? And what does it say about issues of identity and politics in the modern world? Edinburgh Spy Week is a series of events organised by the Department of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh exploring the fascinating world of fictions of espionage in literature and film.
This year’s themes include the work of Grahame Greene, the uses of secrecy in our social lives, and the role of the spy novel after the end of the Cold War. Highlights include:
May 19th – An Evening with Graham Greene at the National Library of Scotland.
May 22nd – James Robertson, ‘The Blanket of the Dark: Secrets, Truth and Lies in Real and Imagined Scotland’.
May 22nd – Publish your own spy fiction! A workshop with Tim Stevens.
May 23rd – ‘Secrecy and the Modern World’: a day of talks and discussions at the University of Edinburgh. Speakers include Kieron O’ Hara and Charles Cumming.
Throughout the week: A series of Greene adaptations at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.
Full details and booking will follow shortly.