INTERNATIONAL AGATHA CHRISTIE FESTIVAL 2017
With a brand-new programme of events from across the globe reflecting Agatha Christie’s passion for travel and culture, five day International Agatha Christie Festival returns to Torbay (based at Torre Abbey) between 13-17 September 2017, in time for the novelist’s birthday on the 15 September.
Capturing both her proud internationalist and outward-looking spirit as much as her love of South Devon, the festival line-up has been inspired by Agatha Christie’s archaeological memoir ‘Come, tell me how you live’, published in 1946. The account tells of the travels she made to Iraq and Syria in the 1930s with her husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan. For Christie, this began a fascination with the region that continued over three decades and remained an inspiration throughout her life.
The festival is part of a cultural revolution that is currently happening in and around Torbay, which is being led by the Torbay Culture Board. The aim is to transform cultural provision and engagement in the region, with support from Arts Council England and a recent grant of £1.2m from the new Great Place Scheme.