Agatha Christie Festival organsiers won‘t be beaten by the pandemic

Organisers of the International Agatha Christie Festival aren’t going to be beaten by the pandemic – especially as it is the 130th anniversary of her birth.

The festival is one of the highlights of the Torbay calendar and is held in September every year.

The festival brings together prestige events and internationally recognised speakers to celebrate the life and work of the Torbay-born Queen of Crime.

Sadly, this year’s festival was cancelled because of the pandemic. However, Tony Medawar, producer of the festival, says the festival team have been overwhelmed by messages of support.

They have come from Christie fans locally and around the world.

As a result, a free 2020 ‘virtual’ International Agatha Christie Festival is being held on September 15.

It has also been decided to extend next year’s Festival which will now run for a week from September 11 to 18.

The virtual festival will be broadcast - free - on September 15 on a new YouTube channel:

Events are being added all the time.

Those up already include the team behind the acclaimed American podcast ‘All About Agatha’.

The AAA team interview the writer Sophie Hannah, who has written novels continuing the investigations of Christie’s beloved detective Hercule Poirot.

They also interview Christie’s biographer Laura Thompson, author of Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life, and best of all Mathew Prichard on his famous grandmother, Nima.

There are talks including by the authority on Christie on screen, Mark Aldridge, who will be talking about Poirot, the self-styled greatest detective in the world.

Other talks will be uploaded soon.

If you want to join in the fun you can subscribe now to the festival’s YouTube channel to hear as more events are added and when they will all go live on September 15.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to the festival newsletter through the website

You can also follow the festival on social media @AgathaFestival.