'They Shoot Spies - the untold story of the first female agents' by Dr Viv Newman
Moving beyond the stereotypes of Edith Cavell and Mata Hari this talk explores the lives and actions of two Belgian and one French woman whose espionage, made a significant contribution to the Allied Cause.
One is believed to be the only woman, probably the only person, to have been
decorated by France, Belgium, Britain AND Germany. The talk also introduces the elusive 'Fraulein Doktor' – the most important spymaster working for the German Army as well as Régina Diana, her most effective agent working in Paris and Marseille.
The talk is based on Viv's recently published Régina Diana: Seductress, Singer, Spy.
In 2004, Viv was awarded a PhD for her thesis Songs of Wartime Lives: Women's Poetry of the First World War (Essex). She was selected by the BBC for their 'Expert Women' training and speaks widely about women in WW1 on local radio, at national and international conferences, and for specialist and general interest audiences. She writes for Pen and Sword as well as academic journals and popular magazines. In March 2017, she was invited by HE Guy Trouveroy, the Belgian Ambassador to the UK to launch the Embassy's Passchendaele commemorations and her talk, 'Passchendaele: 'A World of Anguish'' can be viewed on her website. Viv has recently been commissioned to write her fifth book for Pen and Sword Suffragism and the Great War.
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