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Granite Noir 2024: Queen of Codes

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Granite Noir 2024: Queen of Codes

When the history of British codebreaking is told, the story is often a men-only preserve. That perception completely ignores the fact that the vast majority of codebreakers were in fact women. And foremost among them was one who is largely unknown to the public, and whose activities were a secret even to her closest contacts – Emily Anderson.

Jackie Uí Chionna chats about her account of a woman who may have appeared to the world as the epitome of ordinary, but was in truth anything but.

Chaired by Nasim Rebecca Asl.



About the Speakers

Dr Jackie Ui Chionna

Dr Jackie Ui Chionna is one of Ireland’s foremost social and oral historians. She is the author of two books, including the prize-shortlisted (and local Irish bestseller) He Was Galway. She has a PhD from National University of Ireland, Galway.

Nasim Rebecca Asl

Nasim Rebecca Asl is a Glasgow based poet and journalist. Her poetry has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies, and she has worked on projects with the likes of The Poetry Translation Centre, The Burrell Collection and the Rugby League World Cup. She has received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award for Poetry, was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and was nominated for Royal Television Society Scotland’s Young Journalist of the Year. Her debut poetry pamphlet, Nemidoonam, was released by Verve Poetry Press in 2023.

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