Torquay, 12 September: The 2022 International Agatha Christie Festival opened on Saturday, 10 September. At a time of national mourning, the Festival is running – respectfully – across 8 full days of events and performances.
The opening weekend brought people together from across the UK and across the world. The starting gun saw over 230 sea swimmers convene on Goodrington Sands to swim one mile in tribute to Torquay-born Agatha Christie’s own love of swimming. Many more then gathered at Torre Abbey to hear talks from three celebrated women writers – Elly Griffiths, Kate Mosse and Dreda Say Mitchell (pictured here with publisher, David Brawn) to announce the publication of Marple 12 New Stories (HarperCollins) and popular historian Lucy Worsley whose new Christie biography, Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman, is also just published (Hodder & Stoughton). The Festival continues through Saturday, 17 September, full programme here