2020 events move online!

I was very sad to see so many exciting events from this year postponed, so I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be taking part in some online events in their place. These talks will tie in with the publication of my new book, Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World, which will be out at the end of October. You can see the beautiful cover design by Bill Bragg below.

I’m honoured to be able to say that the book will feature a foreword by the marvellous Mark Gatiss!

Poirot cover

The brand new Virtual International Mystery Festival is running from 12-15 September, and you can see the full programme here. I’ll be giving an illustrated talk on 13 September about Agatha Christie and television, with a short Q&A afterwards.

Also on 13 September Sophie Hannah and I will be taking part in Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, which has moved online for this year. We will be speaking on The Writing Life podcast, discussing Poirot. The festival itself is a partnership between the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing

Then, on 15 September, I’ll be giving another (different) illustrated talk online as part of the International Agatha Christie Festival, and while speaking to a camera may not be quite as good as attending the event in person, I hope that you’ll enjoy my talk about the many faces of Hercule Poirot. You can show your interest here, or go direct to the festival’s YouTube channel here.

On 17 September I’ll be interviewing Sophie Hannah for HarperCollins Australia, and I’ll be quizzing her about her new Poirot adventures – there will also be the opportunity for those watching to ask her questions.

The book is available to preorder just about anywhere you can think of, including at Hive, Waterstones, Amazon UK, Amazon US, and Book Depository. Please order at a local bookshop if you can.

[Post edited and updated 29 August]

Recommended Film Adaptations and 2020 Cancellations

lobbyFirstly, and inevitably, unfortunately all of my talks for this year have now been delayed until 2021. This includes the Greenway Literary Festival, the Agatha Christie Festival, and Perfect Crime in Liverpool. They are all something to look forward to, at least.

During lockdown I have still been talking and writing about Agatha Christie a lot including for the livestreamed event Murder in the Afternoon from Fantom Films, which you can see here.

I was also asked to write another short article for the Agatha Christie website, this time talking about my recommended film adaptations. You can find it here.

Greenway Literary Festival 2020

I’m really pleased to say that I’ll be making an appearance at this year’s Greenway Literary Festival. I’ll be speaking with Guy Slater, who produced the brilliant Miss Marple series on the BBC starring the peerless Joan Hickson. You can find more information and book a ticket here. We’ll be speaking in the evening of Friday 12 June, and there are plenty of other events that sound great – plus it’s good to have any excuse to visit Agatha Christie’s gorgeous Devon home, now owned by the National Trust.

Talks: Recent & Forthcoming

Over the last few years I’ve had a great time giving talks about Agatha Christie at various events, including a discussion of some lesser known screen adaptations at the inaugural Greenway Literary Festival last year. Most recently I was delighted to introduce a screening of Crooked House at the International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay in September 2019.

I have quite a few talks already lined up for 2020 (and even one pencilled in for 2021!), and once I can tell people about them I will. Although this site holds the archive for the Agatha Christie on Screen blog, from now on it’s a place where I can let people know where they can hear one of my talks or read one of my publications.

If you have any enquiries please email Agathachristieonscreen@gmail.com

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Me introducing Crooked House at Paignton’s Palace Theatre in September 2019, as part of the International Agatha Christie Festival.

New (very short!) article: In Media Res

I recently took part in an Agatha Christie themed week over at In Media Res, a scholarly blog that specialises in bite-sized articles that ‘curate’ something – perhaps a clip, or a film poster. I decided to curate the trailer for the Margaret Rutherford film Murder She Said – surprisingly difficult to do when you only have about 350 words to play with!

You can find the article here. Of course, you can find out even more about the Margaret Rutherford films in my book, Agatha Christie on Screen, which you can order here or from your retailer of choice.