It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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X Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken


Sat 09 Mar 2019 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


The George Hotel
Price: £11

X Y & Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken 

Dermot Turing 


Drawing on recently declassified archives, the nephew of Alan Turing tells the real story of how Enigma was broken and celebrates the early work of the Polish codebreakers which lead to the joint efforts of international secret services during WWII.

X, Y & Z is the story of how French, British and Polish secret services came together to unravel the Enigma machine. It tells of how, under the very noses of the Germans, Enigma codebreaking continued in Vichy France and how code-breakers from Poland continued their work, watching the USSR’s first steps of the Cold War.

The people of X, Y and Z were eccentric, colourful and caught up in world of events that they could watch not control. This is their story…

Dermot Turing is the author of Prof, the acclaimed biography of Alan Turing. He is a trustee of Bletchley Park, has extensive knowledge of World War II code-breaking and is a regular presenter at major cryptology events, most recently presenting at the US National Security Agency’s Center for Cryptologic History


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