Churchill’s Heroines: Female Spies in WWII

Location: The British Library, The Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
The British Library
The Conference Centre 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB UNITED KINGDOM

Date: 10/10/2015 16:00 - 10/10/2015 18:00

Remarkable tales of female bravery from WWII " " " "Female agents active during the Second World War were the neglected heroes of the war. Nevertheless, their bravery, strength and contribution to the war effort have attracted the attention of a number of researchers. " " " "To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the 50th anniversary of Churchill's death, historians and writers present war accounts inspired by the life stories of some of the women. The event also pays tribute to the heroines who constantly risked their lives and those who died in combat. " " " " " " " "Noreen Riols is one of the only surviving members of Churchill's 'secret army', the Special Operations Executives F (for France) Section. Her book, The Secret Ministry of Ag. and Fish, is the story of how she supported the French Resistance fighting for the Allied cause - and didn't tell a soul. She was born in Malta of English parents and currently lives in France. After the war she joined the BBC, where she met her husband, a journalist with the World Service. She is the author of ten books, has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles and for several years contributed features from Paris to Radio 4's Woman's Hour. " " " "Elizabeth Buchan began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books, becoming the fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her novels include Light of the Moon and the prizewinning Consider the Lily. A subsequent novel, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman became an international bestseller and was made into a CBS Primetime Drama. Later novels include I Can't Begin to Tell You, a story of the SOE and resistance in wartime Denmark which received glowing reviews. 'She reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail, and has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes. She was a judge for the Whitbread First Novel Award and for the 2014 Costa Novel Award. " " " "Clare Mulley is an award-winning biographer. Her first book, The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb, won the Daily Mail Biographers' Club Prize. Her next, The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville led to her presentation with Poland's national 'Bene Merito' honorary distinction in 2014. Clare leads a tour on female agents for Historical Trips and reviews for publications such as History Today and The Spectator. " " " "Mark Seaman is a historian with the Cabinet Office and has been a frequent writer and broadcaster on the history of the Special Operations Executive. His work includes Bravest of the Brave (a biography of the SOE agent F F E Yeo-Thomas), The Secret Agent's Handbook and Special Operations Executive - a new instrument of war. He is currently completing a biography of the SOE French Section agent, Tony Brooks.