8 reasons to take a pew

8 reasons to take a pew

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We've delved into the expansive programme for the International Agatha Christie Festival to bring you 8 reasons to take a pew, open your ears and listen to world-class writers and authors:


REASON 1: This years opening address comes from the formidable Egyptian writer, activist and feminist Nawal El Saadawi. This will no doubt be a powerful, provocative piece and we'll be all ears. This is a 15 minute listen on Wednesday 13 September at 7pm.

REASON 2: Who knew that a graphic novel could reveal so much about the real Agatha Christie? Co-authors of ‘Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie’ - Anne Martinetti and Guillaume Lebeau - will reveal the travels and stories of this thoroughly modern woman. This is a 1 hour listen on Wednesday 13 September at 7:15pm.

REASON 3: Lois Pryce ignored all warnings and went on a 3,000 mile solo motorcycle journey across Iran. Listen to how it changed her outlook on Iran and reinforced her belief in ‘vulnerable travel’. This is a 1 hour listen on Wednesday 13 September at 9pm.

REASON 4: As the first biographer of Agatha Christie, Janet Morgan had unrestricted access to her papers, photographs, family and friends. What this woman doesn't know about Agatha, probably isn't worth knowing. This is a 1.5 hour listen on Thursday 14 September at 4pm.

REASON 5: At the tender age of 17, Ragnar Jónasson translated 14 Agatha Christie books into Icelandic. Now as a 40-something, he's the best-selling, award-winning novelist of Icelandic noir, with his Dark Iceland series available in 14 countries no less. He'll be in-conversation with playwright Niki Orfanou at the festival. This is a 1.5 hour listen on Friday 15 September from 4pm

REASON 6: What did Agatha really think about the film adaptation The Passing of Mr Quinn (1928), Billy Wilder’s Witness for the Prosecution (1957) and the Miss Marple films starring Margaret Rutherford? Dr Mark Aldridge, author of Agatha Christie on Screen, will be sharing a fascinating history of Christie films. This is a 1.5 hour listen on Saturday 16 September from 2pm

REASON 7: An exploration of toxicology and creativity - yes please! With an interactive display and talk tracing the reliance on hazardous materials in art and industrial practice, Emma Richardson (UCL History of Art) and Sarah Wilkes (UCL Institute of Making) will reveal a poisnous history. This is a 1 hour listen on Saturday 16 September from 2.30pm

REASON 8: Esna Su weaves evocative wearable sculptures that you can see as part of the festival. But why does she do it? What's the story? From her Turkish homeland to refugees and the burden of displacement, this last reason listen is sure to get you thinking. This is a 1.5 hour listen on Sunday 17 September from 2pm


The International Agatha Christie Festival runs from the 13 – 17 September at Torre Abbey, Torquay. Book tickets for the whole festival, the weekend or a day. Garden Party tickets can also be purchased on the day from Torre Abbey Box Office. Kids and teens under 15 go free. 

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