Monday 14th October 2024, 10:30am

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Uncovered!

FULLY BOOKED New exclusive for A-Level Eng Lit students at Torbay schools

Monday, 14 October 2024 10.30-14.30, Palace Theatre, Paignton TQ2 3HF

Please note that this event is open to Torbay-based schools and colleges only.

Dr Jamie Bernthal-Hooker and Sarah Martin, experts on Agatha Christie and twentieth century crime fiction, guide students through an exciting day looking at Christie’s masterpiece, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926).

As well as being an A-level set text, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is a tour de force of detective fiction, and the perfect distilled example of a ‘whodunnit’ mystery. On this day, students will learn all about Christie and the genre she perfected, and dive deep into the novel’s world, themes, and context.

With unique props and close-reading activities, you will leave with a new understanding of this novel and of studying crime fiction as literature.

Agatha Christie’s novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is part of Elements of Crime Writing, a module within the English Literature GCSE A Level curriculum. Whether or not your school has chosen this particular module for your students, this inspiring and practical workshop will help set the pace for critical thinking about English language fiction.

Each participating student will receive a free copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd as pre-reading ahead of 14 October, kindly supported by publisher HarperCollins.


Numbers are limited so please do get in touch if you are interested in sending some of your students to join us - free of charge - at the Palace Theatre, Paignton. A sandwich lunch will be provided. For further information or to reserve places, please contact

This project is part of Agatha Christie Festival’s charitable commitment to working with local young people to improve literacy and foster a love of reading.