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Secret Boat Talk | On the Run From The Mi5

Secret Boat Talk | On the Run From The Mi5

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  •  Regent's Canal Towpath, London, N1C
Suitable for: Adults
Annie Machon was an intelligence officer for the UK's Security Service, MI5, in the 1990s, before resigning to help blow the whistle on the crimes and incompetence of the Br... More Info »
This Funzing Experience:
Secret Boat Talks are a new series of intellectual talks at London's famous floating book boat, Word on the Water.

On this cozy 100-year-old Dutch barge on Regent's Canal, you will sit next to a wood-burning stove with other curious Londoners; to learn about a fascinating subject and challenge your perspectives.

Note that your ticket includes a £5 book voucher - so you can browse the book boat's collection of classics, cult, contemporary fiction, children's books, art and photography, plus some quirky stuff that you would never think to look for.

The Talk: On The Run from The Mi5

Ever wondered what it is like to be a spy?

Annie Machon worked as an intelligence officer for MI5 for six years in the 1990s, before resigning to help her former partner and colleague, David Shayler, blow the whistle about a whole series of spy crimes. The case made international headlines.

Facing arrest, they fled the UK hours before the story broke and went on the run across Europe. The next few years involved living in hiding in a remote French farmhouse, living in exile in Paris for two years, arrest, two court cases, and constant surveillance.

The ultimate gamekeeper-turned-poacher story - an analogue version of the Edward Snowden affair.

Venue: Word on the Water, King's Cross

Doors: 6:30pm / Talk starts: 7.00pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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This talk is part of the Funzing Talks series - is a new concept which aims to re-invent your after work drinks. We've pulled together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire your evenings.

Held in a hand picked range of bars across London, a Funzing Talks event makes the perfect after work activity.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives over a beer with like-minded Londoners. Funzing has always encouraged you to do something different with your free time, so we say do just that - you never know where it may lead you!

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Secret Boat Talks are a new series of intellectual talks at London's famous floating book boat, Word on the Water. On this cozy 100-year-old Dutch barge on Regent's Canal, you will sit next to a wood-burning stove with other curious Londoners; t... Read More
Experience includes:
  • £5 voucher for a book
  • Explore insights from high profile speaker and mi5 agent
  • Fascinating lecture
  • Cozy boat venue
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