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Dig it! Unearthing Agatha Christie's Crime Fiction Legacy

Agatha Christie themed event with afternoon speakers.


2.45 PM - Start

3:00 PM - Speaker one (30 mins)

3.35 PM - Speaker two (30 mins)

4.05 PM - Break for coffee/tea/biscuits (25 mins)

4.30 PM - Speaker three (30 mins)

5.05 PM - Panel (30 mins + Q&A)

5.45 PM - End

Wednesday, 21 September 2022, 15:00
The Hold Suffolk Archives, 131 Fore St, Ipswich, IP4 1LN

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) is the undisputed Queen of Crime. Her detective fiction is outsold only by the Bible and William Shakespeare. Her creations, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, are among the most beloved and enduring characters in English literature. This year, her play The Mousetrap celebrates its platinum jubilee: it is the world’s longest-running play, outpacing its nearest rivals by several decades.

This afternoon symposium considers the huge influence and continuing impact of Agatha Christie in Crime fiction and across scholarship in the wider world, in often unexpected ways...

Three distinguished speakers will offer new insights into Agatha Christie and her life as a writer.

Carla Valentine – mortician, podcaster, and author of Murder Isn’t Easy – Christie’s true crime credentials and her underacknowledged insight into forensic science.

Sarah Martin – The flapper detective: Connections between Agatha Christie, space and psychology.

Dr Benedict Morrison – Christie’s ‘glorious gamble': her work as the world’s most successful female playwright.

Finally, the three panelists will join in a conversation, chaired by UOS Visiting Fellow and Christie expert Jamie Bernthal-Hooker, co-editor of The Bloomsbury Handbook to Agatha Christie, to discuss Christie’s legacy today, and answer any questions.

This symposium offers new perspectives, entertaining insights, and a great chance to connect with experts as we discuss the world’s most popular, and mysterious, crime novelist.


£30 full price / student £10 which includes afternoon refreshments. A pop-up bookstore will be on site, selling a wide range of crime and detective novels and fiction including copies of Historian Lucy Worsley's new book on Agatha Christie, A very Elusive Woman.

General Admission: buy tickets here.

Student Admission: buy tickets here.