Festival 2022

Browse the full programme for this year's Festival 10-17 September. Our online box office via Ticketsource will open on 27 May. Look out for our 'Book Now' announcement and links from this website.


Agatha Christie – from Stage to Screen with Dr Mark Aldridge

Event 15

Tuesday 13th September 2022, 7:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha Christie – from Stage to Screen with Dr Mark Aldridge

Mark Aldridge is Associate Professor of Screen Histories at Solent University.  His publications include the books Agatha Christie’s Poirot: the Greatest Detective in the World (2020), Agatha Christie on Screen (2016) and The Birth of British Television (2011).

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100 Years of the Mysterious Affair at Styles with Dr John Curran

Event 16

Wednesday 14th September 2022, 11:00am | Seminar A/B, Old Library, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4SB

100 Years of the Mysterious Affair at Styles with Dr John Curran

An opportunity to view primary sources from the University of Exeter's Special Collections' archive of correspondence and papers from the office of Agatha Christie's literary agent, Hughes Massie & Co Ltd. and hear internationally recognised expert on Christie's work, Dr John Curran, speak about how Agatha Christie came to write her very first crime novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles and how it influenced her writing career.

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Agatha, Bernard & Crime: The ABC Murders with Carla Valentine

Event 17

Wednesday 14th September 2022, 11:00am | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha, Bernard & Crime: The ABC Murders with Carla Valentine

Carla Valentine is a qualified mortician, curator of Barts Pathology Museum and author of Past Mortems and Murder Isn’t Easy.

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God and the Little Grey Cells with Dr Dan Clanton (USA)

Event 18

Wednesday 14th September 2022, 12:30pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

God and the Little Grey Cells with Dr Dan Clanton (USA)

Dan Clanton is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Doane University, Nebraska, USA.

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Agatha’s Travels with Andrew Eames

Event 19

Wednesday 14th September 2022, 3:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha’s Travels with Andrew Eames

Travel writer and editor, Andrew Eames is the author of The 8.55 to Baghdad, the story of the secret life of Agatha Christie telling of her journey from London to Iraq by train in the months just before the Iraq war. Andrew will talk about this journey among others that Agatha, the inveterate traveller, took in her lifetime.

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Weapon of Choice: Agatha Christie and Poisons with Dr Kathryn Harkup

Event 20

Wednesday 14th September 2022, 3:00pm | The Library, Devon & Exeter Institution, Exeter EX1 1EZ

Weapon of Choice: Agatha Christie and Poisons

with Dr Kathryn Harkup

Kathryn is a chemist and author. She completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines. Her first book was the international best-seller A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie which was shortlisted for a Mystery Readers International Macavity Award and a BMA Book Award. Join her for fascinating insights into Christie’s ‘weapon of choice’ through a chemist’s eyeview.

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Agatha Christie and the Ghosts of Devon: performance by David Phillips

Event 21

Wednesday 14th September 2022, 7:00pm | The Undercroft, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha Christie and the Ghosts of Devon: performance by David Phillips

David has studied the ghost stories of Torbay for nearly 30 years now and is certain that Agatha Christie would have been aware of most of them during her lifetime.

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All About Agatha Live! Agatha Christie’s Greatest Novel?

Event 22

Wednesday 14th September 2022, 7:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

All About Agatha Live! Agatha Christie’s Greatest Novel?

A panel discussion chaired by Kemper Donovan with Dr John Curran, Dr Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, Carla Valentine and Dr Mark Aldridge

A unique opportunity to hear from four Christie experts whose combined knowledge of the Christie oeuvre is unparalleled. In this panel debate they will challenge each other with their own pitches for Agatha’s greatest novel.

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Killing Ghandi, Dante’s Divine Comedy and India at the Crossroads with Vaseem Khan

Event 23

Wednesday 14th September 2022, 7:00pm | Quay Words, Exeter Custom House, Exeter

Killing Ghandi, Dante’s Divine Comedy and India at the Crossroads with Vaseem Khan

Bestselling crime fiction author Vaseem Khan takes us on an exhilarating journey from the last days of the Raj to the heart of modern India.

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Mystery in Mansions: Christie and the English Country House with Jeremy Musson

Event 24

Thursday 15th September 2022, 11:00am | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Mystery in Mansions: Christie and the English Country House with Jeremy Musson

Jeremy Musson is an architectural historian, author and journalist. His books include How to Read a Country House and English Country House Interiors. Here he casts an architectural historian’s eye on the Country House as it features in so many of Christie’s novels and shares new insights into her work.

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Agatha and Africa with Michael and Stanley (USA)

Event 25

Thursday 15th September 2022, 12:30pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

Agatha and Africa with Michael and Stanley (USA)

Michael Stanley is the writing team of native Africans Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip. Their new novel A Deadly Trade is published in paperback by Headline. In this entertaining broadcast they focus on Agatha Christie’s less well-known knowledge of Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. They will be joined by author Bryony Rheam who won the ‘Write Your Own Christie’ competition in 2014. She lives in Zimbabwe and has made a study of Agatha Christie’s visit to Rhodesia.

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The Importance of Being Poirot with Professor Jeremy Black

Event 26

Thursday 15th September 2022, 3:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

The Importance of Being Poirot

with Professor Jeremy Black

Historian Professor Jeremy Black explains how Agatha Christie’s detective character Hercule Poirot is inseparable from the turbulent age in which the author lived. Black finds significant social commentary in Christie’s novels.

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Agatha Christie and The Man in the Brown Suit with Dr Jamie Bernthal-Hooker

Event 27

Thursday 15th September 2022, 7:00pm | Kents Cavern, Torquay TQ1 2JF

Agatha Christie and The Man in the Brown Suit

with Dr Jamie Bernthal-Hooker. Plus guided tour of Kents Cavern by James Hull and a glass of prosecco or orange juice.

Christie expert Jamie Bernthal-Hooker’s talk takes places inside the atmospheric prehistoric caves that form Kents Cavern in Torquay. Partly inspired by her Grand Tour, The Man in the Brown Suit was written in Agatha Christie’s flat in London in 1924 with Agatha Christie evoking exotic African landscapes from memory. Kents Cavern plays a role in the novel as Hampsley Cavern.

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Festival Lit-Hop

Festival Fringe 7

Thursday 15th September 2022, 7:00pm | Meet at Paignton Harbour

Festival Lit-Hop

This year we are hosting our literary take on a bar crawl, visiting some quirky and unusual venues around Paignton Harbour, with readings, poetry, music and unexpected happenings along the way.

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Dinner at Greenway

Festival Fringe 8

Thursday 15th September 2022, 7:30pm | Greenway House, Galmpton, near Brixham TQ5 0ES

Dinner at Greenway

– with Dr Mark Aldridge

We’re delighted to team up with the National Trust at Agatha Christie’s former holiday home at Greenway House to host an exclusive and intimate dinner for just 20 guests.

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Making The Agatha Christie Statue:  Elizabeth Hadley, sculptor of the new Torquay artwork

Event 28

Friday 16th September 2022, 11:00am | Cockington Court, Cockington, Torquay

Making The Agatha Christie Statue

Elizabeth Hadley, sculptor of the new Torquay artwork

Brixham-based sculptor Elizabeth Hadley is commissioned to create a new artwork in tribute to Agatha Christie in her birthplace, Torquay. Meet the sculptor and hear about her work in progress at this special event. The artwork itself is expected to be completed in 2023.

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The Christian World of Agatha Christie, Nick Baldock (USA)

Event 29

Friday 16th September 2022, 12:30pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

The Christian World of Agatha Christie, Nick Baldock (USA)

The ‘whodunnit’ is by definition concerned with innocence and guilt, right and wrong. The works of Agatha Christie subtly, but with increasing insistence, engage with the Christian philosophy behind the form.

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100 Years of the Mysterious Affair at Styles with Dr John Curran

Event 30

Friday 16th September 2022, 3:00pm | Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ2 5JE

100 Years of the Mysterious Affair at Styles

with Dr John Curran

Internationally recognised expert on Christie’s work, Dr John Curran, will speak about how Agatha Christie came to write her very first crime novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles and how it influenced her writing career.

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New Writers on the Riviera

Event 31

Friday 16th September 2022, 7:00pm | Paignton Picture House, Torbay Road, Paignton TQ4 6AA

New Writers on the Riviera

Sarah Pearse and Adam Nevill In Conversation

Meet two brilliant local novelists who are advancing the nail-biting thriller writing tradition of the Bay: Sarah Pearse is the author of The Sanatorium, an instant New York Times & #1 Sunday Times bestseller. Her new book The Retreat is out now. Adam Nevill is the author of The Ritual, Last Days, No One Gets Out and The Reddening - all won The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. Both authors have film adaptations under way.

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The A B Sea Murders: A River Boat Tour

Festival Fringe 9

Friday 16th September 2022, 7:00pm | Embark at TBC

The A B Sea Murders

A River Boat Tour

Join us for a boat trip around the Bay, passing beaches loved by Agatha or featured in her works. Local author Matt Newbury will be providing a commentary, while there will be period music and a full bar on board.

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