International interest continues to grow in Torbay’s next, 125th anniversary, Agatha Christie festival with ticket sales and accommodation bookings already coming in from fans in places as far flung as Australia, Brazil, China and India and with reports on the festival appearing in media outlets as diverse as Voice of America’s Farsi service, an Armenian news agency and papers in India, Indonesia and Nigeria (among many others).
Organisers of the event, which runs across the bay area, from September 10 to 20 say they are surprised and delighted by the response even though it means that some events are having to be moved to larger spaces to meet demand.
Festival Director Anna Farthing says: “The anniversary of Dame Agatha’s birth in Torquay is obviously one explanation for the increased international interest but another factor is our decision to run the festival over two weekends, instead of the usual one – giving visitors more chances to find a time that suits, and local accommodation providers more scope to put together enticing festival-related packages.”
Among this year’s festival highlights will be talks by celebrity authors including Kate Adie and, Sophie Hannah, a writers’ retreat, showcases for previously unseen materials relating to Dame Agatha’s life, a Gala marking the 80th anniversary of Talking Books for the Blind (and the choice of a Christie book as the service’s first novel), a range of vintage attractions, a stylish ball at Greenway, and a special birthday celebration centred on the festival’s hub site Torre Abbey.
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