For those of you that aren't quite as excited about the Rugby World Cup there is always Agatha Christie

Agatha Christies favourite Burgh Island
Agatha Christies favourite Burgh Island

Agatha Christie's Devon

The Agatha Christie anniversary celebrations 

The 125th anniversary International Agatha Christie Festival takes place in Torquay until September 20 (agathachristiefestival.com), with more than 100 talks, tours, performances, screenings, writing workshops and vintage entertainments. 

South Devon has one of the strongest claims to being official Agatha Christie country. Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on September 15 1890 in Ashfield on the northern edge of Torquay. The Victorian villa was demolished in the Sixties – a blue plaque marks the spot – but the town is replete with sites associated with the author’s life.

Key themes are the “Life, Literature and Legacy”, including daily themes such as “Agatha and the First World War”, with a talk by Kate Adie; and “The Golden Age of Detective Fiction”, at which crime writer Martin Edwards will launch his new book and talk about the Detection Club of British crime and mystery writers, founded in the Thirties. 

The family has released previously private recordings of Christie reading from her novels, marking the 80th anniversary of the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s Talking Books for the Blind service and its choice of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd for its first fictional offering (rnib.org.uk).

So its not all about the Rugby World Cup for the next 6 weeks!! We will be featuring some of the other things you can be doing while certain members of the family are stuck infant of the TV!! 

We hope that you enjoy.

Posted by James on September 18th 2015

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