Literary Festival 2024

Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 September 2024. Tickets go on sale Thursday 7 March 10am.


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Please note: that to book multiple tickets for multiple events at once using a shopping basket, please visit the Agatha Christie Festival Ticketsource site directly by clicking this link: ticketsource.co.uk/agathafestival
Lurker-Linane Investigations

Event 1

Thursday 12th September 2024, 10:00am | Pitch and Putt, Torre Abbey Meadows

Golfing Murder Mystery SOLD OUT

Lurker-Linane Investigations – Lady Lettice Lovage's Lost Love Letters

Lady Lettice Lovage is the world's leading romantic novelist, known for having a colourful private life of her own – she has had many secret affairs with top political and business dignitaries. The international blackmailer known only as The King of Hearts has committed larceny and absconded with Lady Lettice's love letters.  However, he has left clues on the golf course as to the letters’ location.  A reward is offered for the first to recover the letters.

Tickets: £8.50

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The Lunchtime Murder Club

Event 2

Thursday 12th September 2024, 1:30pm | TBC

The Lunchtime Murder Club

Murder Mystery Bingo

New for this year, we are introducing a free lunchtime social club for people to enjoy a fun activity whilst also having a bite to eat. You can either bring a packed lunch or grab something from the Torre Abbey Cafe. Events will run between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

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Opening Event

Event 3

Thursday 12th September 2024, 3:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey

Opening Event

Lynda La Plante: Getting Away With Murder

To coincide with the launch of her memoir, Getting Away with Murder: My Unexpected Life on Page, Stage and Screen, we are delighted to be opening the Agatha Christie Literary Festival with the legend that is Lynda La Plante.

Tickets: £15

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Agatha Christie She Watched

Event 4

Thursday 12th September 2024, 5:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha Christie She Watched...

around the World

Teresa Peschel is the author of Agatha Christie, She Watched: one woman’s plot to watch 201 Agatha Christie movies without murdering the director, screenwriter, cast or her husband. For this talk she will be discussing the various international films from around the world and how other cultures adapt Agatha's work. Expect a fascinating whistlestop tour around the world (with film clips throughout) exploring both the cultural differences and the universal similarities in the way that Agatha's stories are told.

Tickets: £12

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All About Agatha Live!

Event 5

Thursday 12th September 2024, 7:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

All About Agatha Live!

“The Greatest Screen Adaptation”

A panel discussion chaired by Kemper Donovan of the All About Agatha team, with Christie authorities, Dr John Curran and Dr Mark Aldridge, joined by Teresa Peschel (author of Agatha Christie, She Watched) and Christie fan and author of the Smart Women crime mysteries, Victoria Dowd. 

 In this panel debate, our Christie experts will challenge each other with their own pitches for Agatha’s Greatest Screen Adaptation.  

Tickets: £17.50

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Agatha Travels

Event 6

Friday 13th September 2024, 10:00am | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha Travels

Andrew Eames is a travel writer, broadcaster and former newspaper journalist and the author of five travel books including the bestseller, The 8.55 to Baghdad. In this book he retraces a solo journey made by Agatha Christie from London to Baghdad in 1928, a journey that was to change her life completely.

Tickets: £12

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Agatha Christie and the Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Event 7

Friday 13th September 2024, 12:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha Christie and the Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name

Caroline Derry’s talk will explore how Agatha Christie represented lesbians in her post-war novels, and the insights they offer into the criminal justice system’s attitudes to lesbianism.

Tickets: £12

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The Lunchtime Murder Club

Event 8

Friday 13th September 2024, 1:30pm | TBC

The Lunchtime Murder Club

Book Club

New for this year, we are introducing a free lunchtime social club for people to enjoy a fun activity whilst also having a bite to eat. You can either bring a packed lunch or grab something from the Torre Abbey Cafe. Events will run between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

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Lost Lingo

Event 9

Friday 13th September 2024, 3:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Lost Lingo

Decoding the 1920s Novels for Today’s Reader

Dust off the pages of Agatha Christie’s Golden Age novels to uncover quips and references that have faded over the last one hundred years. Kate Gingold called on an amazing range of experts to throw light on obscure phrases from the 1920s novels for her glossary, Agatha Annotated, and will be sharing this insider knowledge which has made reading Christie even more fun!

Tickets: £12

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Agatha Christie: Forensic Detective

Event 10

Friday 13th September 2024, 5:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha Christie: Forensic Detective

Carla Valentine is a qualified mortuary technician, curator of Barts Pathology Museum and author of Past Mortems and Murder Isn’t Easy. She’s also the host of a BBC Sounds podcast called Mortem, and has appeared in several documentaries about Agatha Christie.

Tickets: £12

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Joan Hickson's Miss Marple

Event 11

Friday 13th September 2024, 7:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Joan Hickson's Miss Marple

The Definitive Expert on Wickedness?

In this entertaining illustrated talk, 'Agathologist' Dr Mark Aldridge discusses the search for a definitive portrayal of Miss Marple on screen. Drawing on new research undertaken for his book Agatha Christie's Marple: Expert on Wickedness, he will offer new insights into several Miss Marple productions, including the BBC series starring Joan Hickson. The talk is followed by a short break after which attendees can stay to watch The Murder at the Vicarage (BBC, 1986), starring Joan Hickson.

Tickets: £15

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Past Perfect? Agatha Christie and Changing Times

Event 12

Saturday 14th September 2024, 10:00am | Bygones, Fore St, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4PR

Past Perfect? Agatha Christie and Changing Times SOLD OUT

Agatha Christie is often considered a nostalgic, comforting writer. While we can all enjoy her books and their adaptations for comfort and escapism, they spanned several decades from the 1910s to the 1970s, and rarely present the past as a better time. Looking at some Christie classics, Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, author of Agatha Christie: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction, looks at how the Queen of Crime changed with the world around her – and uncovers her complex relationship to the past.

Tickets: £17.50

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The Jewellery Cases

Event 13

Saturday 14th September 2024, 12:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

The Jewellery Cases

What did jewels mean to Hercule Poirot? Did Miss Marple have a favourite brooch? Agatha Christie mentions jewels throughout her novels, but do they have any special historical significance?

Tickets: £12

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The Lunchtime Murder Club

Event 14

Saturday 14th September 2024, 1:30pm | TBC

The Lunchtime Murder Club

Mystery Quiz

New for this year, we are introducing a free lunchtime social club for people to enjoy a fun activity whilst also having a bite to eat. You can either bring a packed lunch or grab something from the Torre Abbey Cafe. Events will run between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

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Miss Marple and the Secret History of Female Sleuth

Event 15

Saturday 14th September 2024, 3:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Miss Marple and the Secret History of Female Sleuths

Ever since Miss Jane Marple first appeared in a novel in 1930, British female private eyes have been dubbed ‘Miss Marple’ – from Annette Kerner, owner of the Mayfair Detective Agency, to Zena Scott-Archer, president of the World Association of Detectives.

Tickets: £12

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Agatha Christie’s Doctors

Event 16

Saturday 14th September 2024, 5:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha Christie’s Doctors

Join Raye Green, the author of Agatha Christie’s Doctors, as she investigates the many doctors, nurses and medics in Agatha Christie’s stories. There are around 184 doctors in her novels and they are variously depicted as healers, sleuths, victims, suspects or even murderers. After all, when there is murder, there is death, and when there is death, there has to be a doctor…

Tickets: £12

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A Marple-ous Garden Party

Event 17

Saturday 14th September 2024, 7:00pm | Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

A Marple-ous Garden Party

For our main Saturday evening event, we are hosting an evening drinks party in the stunning walled gardens at Torre Abbey. There will be a welcome glass of Pol Roger Champagne (or a sparking non-alcoholic alternative), live jazz music and a mystery to solve. We are also thrilled to be welcoming Annette Badland, whose acting CV is simply spectacular (see below). She will be reading Miss Marple Tells a Story, with a special introduction by Mark Aldridge.

Tickets: £20 (including welcoming glass of Champagne).

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Agatha Christie and the Rolling Stone!

Event 18

Sunday 15th September 2024, 10:00am | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha Christie and the Rolling Stone!

In September 2023, Christie’s auction house sold the extraordinary library of modern first editions assembled by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts (1941-2021), including a near-complete collection of Agatha Christie first editions. Mark Wiltshire, specialist in rare books and head of the Charlie Watts sale, talks about the market for Agatha Christie collectables, with special attention paid to the power of inscriptions, provenance, and condition.

Tickets: £12

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Tommy and Tuppence and The Great Detectives

Event 19

Sunday 15th September 2024, 12:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Tommy and Tuppence and The Great Detectives

An examination of the subjects of the Partners in Crime pastiches

Dr John Curran investigates the Great Detective characters in whose style Tommy and Tuppence solve their cases in Partners in Crime. Were they all Great Detectives? How well did Agatha Christie capture their styles? And why have some survived and some vanished?

Tickets: £12

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The Lunchtime Murder Club

Event 20

Sunday 15th September 2024, 1:30pm | TBC

The Lunchtime Murder Club

75 Years of Clue / Cluedo

New for this year, we are introducing a free lunchtime social club for people to enjoy a fun activity whilst also having a bite to eat. You can either bring a packed lunch or grab something from the Torre Abbey Cafe. Events will run between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

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The Art & Artists of Agatha Christie

Event 21

Sunday 15th September 2024, 3:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

The Art & Artists of Agatha Christie

Join David Morris, author and editor of Collecting Christie, as he shares fascinating insights into the iconic dust jacket artwork that adorned Agatha Christie’s British and American first editions. The talk will provide surprising information about the artists, how they helped to bring her books to life and shape the public's perception of her work, as well as how Agatha herself was involved in their design.

Tickets: £12

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Closing Talk

Event 22

Sunday 15th September 2024, 5:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey

Closing Talk

Ragnar Jónasson and Benjamin Stevenson (in conversation with Jake Kerridge)

This year’s closing event will see two huge and entertaining writers in the murder mystery genre chat about their love of Agatha Christie and her influences on their work.

Tickets: £15

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Birthday Event: Hercule Poirot’s Favourite Case

Event 23

Sunday 15th September 2024, 7:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Birthday Event: Hercule Poirot’s Favourite Case

Join Brad Friedman, a theatre director and educator from the United States, and the author of the classic crime blog Ah Sweet Mystery, as he discusses Cards on the Table, one of Christie’s most ingenious novels set at an after-dinner bridge tournament.

Tickets: £12

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Under the Patronage of the UK National Commission for UNESCO

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English Riveria Bid Company

Rosalind Hicks Charitable Trust


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