English and Scottish Literature

Edinburgh Spy Week

Edinburgh Spy Week is a series of events exploring the fascinating world of espionage fiction in literature and film, organised by members of the Department of English at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh Filmhouse, the National Library of Scotland, and Blackwell's Bookshop.

There will be screenings of classic spy films introduced by authors and academics, a discussion of 'John Buchan and the Scottish Spy Story' at the National Library of Scotland, talks on the history of the genre by members of the English Department, and a spy-themed quiz at Blackwell's.

In addition to a round-table discussion with spy fiction writers including Charles Cumming, Jeremy Duns and Tim Stevens, author and former director of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington will give a special keynote lecture on espionage in fact and fiction.

For more information, a full schedule, and to book tickets, visit