Agatha Christie conference 2023

Some great news for Agatha Christie scholars and fans – the conference is back for 2023, taking place in Exeter in September.

I’m also honoured to say that I will be one of the keynotes this year, alongside the brilliant Michelle Kazmer. You can expect some previews of my Marple research, a full year before the book comes out…

The conference Call for Papers is here. Hope to see you there!

It’s also great that the conference takes place 11-13 September, just before the International Agatha Christie Festival (14-17 Sept) so perfect for those who want to do both. Festival details should be announced on their website soon.

BBC Radio 4 – Open Book

A few weeks ago Radio 4’s Open Book asked me to take part in their Boxing Day episode , as they wanted to cover Agatha Christie at Christmas. Of course a ‘Christie for Christmas’ is more about publishing routine than story content, but I think it was a fun episode anyway. You can hear it here – and now is a good time to wish everyone the best for 2023!

Agatha Christie: From Stage to Screen

I had such a good time at the International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay this year – so many great talks and friendly audiences. I enjoyed giving my talk on the Tuesday, and am pleased to say that I’ll be giving it again – this time in Southampton, on 10 October. You can book your free ticket here.

A personal highlight was hosting the Greenway dinner on Christie’s birthday, 15 September, joined by my mum! Already looking forward to next year.

Alan Carr’s Adventures with Agatha Christie, and 2022’s International Agatha Christie Festival

It was lovely to join Alan Carr for his recent Adventures with Agatha Christie on More4. You can catch the series on All 4, and at the time of writing the episodes are also on Dailymotion. I pop up near the end of the third episode.

I’m also looking forward to taking part in this year’s International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay. I’ll be speaking about Christie from stage to screen (with a few rare treats to share), as well as taking part in a special “live” edition of the excellent All About Agatha podcast. I’m also honoured to have been asked to be the after dinner speaker for a special event at Greenway, Christie’s summer home now owned by the National Trust. Tickets for the Greenway event have sold out, but there are still spaces for other events available via the website. Hope to see you there!

2022’s International Agatha Christie Festival programme announced

Torquay’s International Agatha Christie Festival has announced its programme for September 2022 – and I pop up a few times! I’ll be speaking about film adaptations of Christie’s stage plays, then taking part in All About Agatha’s live podcast episode in which I’ll argue for my choice of Christie’s greatest novel, alongside Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, Carla Valentine, and John Curran. Then I’m speaking after dinner at Greenway. A busy week – I can’t wait, and I haven’t even mentioned all the other brilliant things going on! Full details here.

Paperback Poirot, and some news…

This week sees the publication of my Poirot book in paperback, neatly coinciding with Death on the Nile‘s release in cinemas – which the hardback was supposed to accompany!

The paperback also includes a bit of news – I’m thrilled to say that I have started work on Agatha Christie’s Marple, once more for HarperCollins. It’s early days but hopefully will be worth the wait…

Edgar Awards 2022

This week I was delighted to learn that Agatha Christie’s Poirot has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s prestigious Edgar Awards, in the critical/biographical category! The ceremony takes place in New York on 28 April. You can see the full list of nominated works here.

Also, it’s not long until the paperback of the book is published in the UK, on 3 February. I took delivery of my copies recently and they are reassuringly chunky!