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December 1, 2016
The Ageless Agatha Christie: Adaptations and Afterlives (20-21 June 2016)
The third Agatha Christie conference continued to break new ground with stunning keynotes from the cutting edge of the Christie-verse. Sophie Hannah introduced her new Hercule Poirot novel, Closed Casket, while Dr Mark Aldridge, author of Agatha Christie on Screen, kept everyone entertained with new research and hilarious stories from the archives.
A broad diversity of papers and an exclusive screening of the 1978 biopic Agatha, introduced by its producer Gavrik Losey (who joined us in the pub, wearing Dustin Hoffman's watch) made for an exciting and stimulating event.
Agatha Christie: Hidden Horizons (13-14 April 2015)
This exciting two-day conference built on all the potential of the first. It featured stunning keynote papers from the crime writer Sophie Hannah, Professor Gill Plain, and Dr John Curran. Much fun (including two conference meals and a pub quiz!) was had by all.
Events were crowned with an exclusive VIP performance of Murder on the Nile from the Exeter Little Theatre Company, tying nicely with our title: Hidden Horizon was that play’s original title. The event received national media coverage. Access last year’s programme here.
Agatha Christie: Crime, Culture, Celebrity (14 April 2014)
This ground-breaking event was the first full academic conference devoted to Agatha Christie to be held in a British university. For this event, we received a funding award from Research Development, University of Exeter, and endorsement from the Crime Studies Network.
Our first keynote speaker, Merja Makinen, drew comparisons between Christie’s The Hollow and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Sarah Street, our second keynote speaker, offered insights into the biopicAgatha, and its fraught production history. The attached exhibition, curated by Cristina Burke-Trees, featured prints of cover paintings by leading artist Tom Artist, who put in an appearance. A number of participants tweeted the event. Click here for the Storify. Proceedings will be published under the title The Ageless Agatha Christie (McFarland, 2016).