International Agatha Christie Festival

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Who is Agatha Christie?

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was the best-selling author of all time. She was born into a comfortably well-off middle-class family on September 15, 1890, in Torquay, Devon, Southwest England. She is best known for her 66 detective novels, 14 collections of short stories, and The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the world. More than one billion copies of her works have been sold worldwide, including one billion copies in translation.

About the International Agatha Christie Festival

The International Agatha Christie Festival is an international event celebrating the writings of bestselling author Agatha Christie. The Festival promotes new stories and connects audiences to the voices of artists from all over the world. Throughout the five-day event, audiences can expect to enjoy cultural talks, walks, workshops, films, and performance art. The festival is an excellent opportunity to learn about the world of Agatha Christie and to mingle with other fans and Christie experts. There are also fringe events and activities aimed at family audiences. For example, three of the world’s top female crime writers will discuss the art of reinventing Miss Jane Marple for a new generation. The authors will discuss their experiences of reinventing the character in their new book, “Marple: Twelve New Stories”, due to be published this September. This year’s festival begins on Saturday, 10 September. Events include exhibitions and talks about Christie’s life. There will also be screenings of adaptations of her novels, stage performances, and quizzes. The Festival is supported by the Arts Council of England and local cultural organisations. The festival takes place in Torquay, England. It is a collaborative initiative of local cultural organisations and local authorities, with the support of Agatha Christie Ltd and HarperCollins publishers. The festival includes literary talks, fascinating exhibitions, performances, and workshops. Other attractions include a murder mystery escape room, a vintage swim, and a period garden party. This festival honours Agatha Christie in the English Riviera region where she was born. It enables one to enter Torquay’s illustrious literary and geological past. The International Agatha Christie Festival also benefits from funding from a number of other trusts and foundations including The Colwinston Trust. Their aim is to use the extraordinary power and reach of Agatha Christie’s global reputation to promote engagement and participation in literature and the arts, help the recovery and growth of Torbay’s local economy and wider efforts to increase tourism and support work to understand and promote the area’s literary and geological heritage. This festival is also an Associate Partner of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark and a Project Partner of Exeter UNESCO City of Literature.


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