Jan 28, 2018
On Episode 32 of the Spybrary Spy Podcast, host Shane Whaley discovers more about Edinburgh Spy
Week 2018 with one of the organisers, Professor Penny Fielding.
Penny reveals a stellar line up of speakers who will be
starring at the fifth Edinburgh Spy Week. Can't make
Edinburgh? This interview is still worth listening to you as Shane
finds out more about Prof Fielding's love for spy literature and
It’s fun being a podcaster. I just got to chat for over an hour
with an English Literature Professor all about spy books. Not my
usual Saturday afternoon company
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. They bring together
creative practitioners and academic researchers to talk about books
and ideas in public and accessible ways.
These are some of the topics we cover on Episode 32:
- What exactly is Edinburgh Spy Week 2018?- When is it?
- Where is it?
- What’s in the programme?
- Who is speaking?
- what’s the cost?
- how can people register?
- Penny shares with us the origins of Edinburgh Spy Week and how
it got started.
- What is Penny's favourite session since the inaugural
Edinbrugh Spy Week
- How Professor Fielding become interested in espionage books and
- Why is spy fiction so male-dominated (both in authors, and in
readership) as opposed to a genre such as mystery?
- What does Professor Fielding think of the female characters in
John Le Carre's spy novels?
- Which spy authors does she think portrays female characters
credibly? Which spy book does she think has the best written female
- If Spybrary could arrange for Prof. Fielding to meet John Le
Carre over a cup of tea in Cornwall what would she ask him?
- As an English Literature Professor and the organiser of
Edinburgh Spy Week 2018 what does she feel is the gold standard of
spy fiction writing?
- As a fan of Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy what is her
take on the tv adaptation of the novel and the movie version.
- If she could be a character in a spy book or movie, who would
And Much Much More! (Including, as you would expect from an
English Lit Professor tons of book recommendations!)
Week 2018 Line Up