English Literature

Spy Week 2019

Now in its sixth year, Edinburgh Spy Week is a unique public event that focuses on espionage fiction and film and the ways in which secrecy and spying run through our history and culture.

Taking place over seven days, it’s a fantastic opportunity for academics and creative practitioners to explore their ideas with the public through talks, film screenings, discussion panels and more.

The Spy Week team is based in English Literature in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) at the University of Edinburgh, and works with other Schools and cultural bodies in Edinburgh - including the National Library of Scotland and Filmhouse - to bring the very best contemporary spy writers to Edinburgh.


Highlights for 2019 include:

Friday 5th April

Spies Like Us: Students from our Fiction and Espionage course showcase their work on spying, secrecy and literature. 

The Susan Manning Memorial Lecture 2019: Adam Piette on The Revolutionary Double Agent.

Monday 8th April

Speculative Secrecy: Adam Roberts in Conversation with John Plotz.

Tuesday 9th April

The Seven Faces of Bond: Join Lucy Bolton, Nick Jones and Julie Lobalzo Wright to discuss the changing attitude to James Bond on screen. 

Wednesday 10th April

Anthony Horowitz talks Bond: Before and After. 

Thursday 11th April

The Hidden Literary World of Bletchley Park with Natalie Ferris.

Spies and Detectives: Val McDermid and Adam Brookes.

Friday 12th April

Nadine Akkerman: Invisible Agents.


Booking is now open for all events on the Spy Week website.

The opening lecture is now fully booked but you can sign up to the waiting list.

All talks at the University of Edinburgh are free. Other venues may charge.

Find out more and book on the Spy Week website

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Read our interview with Edinburgh Spy Week intern, PhD student Huzan Bharucha


Spy Week 2019

A week-long celebration of espionage in literature and film, and the ways in which secrecy and spying run through our history and culture.

Various locations throughout Edinburgh