Meet John Curran - Award Winning Author - Agatha Christie Secret Notebooks

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Meet John Curran - Award Winning Author - Agatha Christie Secret Notebooks

Meet John Curran - Award Winning Author - Agatha Christie Secret Notebooks

Meet John Curran - Award Winning Author of Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks at the World Famous Agatha Christie Festival on the English Riviera, Devon 11 – 18 September 2011.

Meet John Curran - Award Winning Author of Agatha Christies Secret Notebooks

At the world famous Agatha Christie Festival on the English Riviera, Devon 11 18 September 2011.

John Curran is a life-long Agatha Christie fan, archivist, expert and a great man to know if you love Agatha Christie and her famous whodunnits. Now you can meet John and enjoy some serious sleuthing at the world-famous annual Agatha Christie Festival, once again taking place on the stunning English Riviera in South Devon from 11th-18th September 2011.

John Curran lives in Dublin. For many years he edited the official Agatha Christie Newsletter. He acted as a consultant to the National Trust during the restoration of Greenway House, Dame Agathas Devon home. And he is working with her grandson, Mathew Prichard, to establish an Agatha Christie Archive. He is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Agatha Christie at Trinity College, Dublin.

Agatha Christies Secret Notebooks was published in September 2009 and has since been translated into 17 languages. It was nominated for the prestigious Edgar award and it won last years Agatha Award for best non-fiction. It was also nominated for the Macavity and the Anthony awards, which will be decided later this month at the World Mystery Convention, the Bouchercon in St. Louis.

John is launching Murder in the Making, the sequel to Agatha Christies Secret Notebooks on September 13th at Torquay Museum (see details below).

John Curran Events at the Festival:

All Week

Agatha Christie the original evidence!

Visit Paignton Library during the Agatha Christie Festival for a rare opportunity to view exclusive Agatha Christie artefacts, namely an original manuscript for Five Little Pigs as well as one of the Queen of Crimes own writing notebooks, as described and transcribed in John Currans two volumes of Agatha Christies Secret Notebooks.

Promotions of our extensive stock of Agatha Christie works will be prominent in all Torbay Libraries at Torquay, Paignton, Churston and Brixham and on our Mobile Library throughout the Festival.

Paignton Library & Information Centre

Check our web pages for opening times:

Sunday 11th September

Greenway Literary Dining Club hosted by John Curran

A book club with a twist! In the style of Agatha Christies Tuesday Night Club, diners will discuss her writing, including Dead Mans Folly, which can be read in advance. Influences from the house and grounds will be explored. Canaps to be served on arrival, with dinner in the Dining Room followed by a chaired discussion of Christies literary works. Includes themed guided tour of the house.

Greenway House, Galmpton, Nr Brixham TQ5 0ES


60 places limited so please book early.

Contact: 01803 842382

Monday 12th September

John Currans Film Classic Red Signal

A chance to watch a rarely seen film version of one of Agatha Christies classic novels, followed by the broadcast of asimilarly uncommonChristie radio play, introduced by the popular author and Christie aficionado John Curran.

Torquay Museum, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG

Afternoon performance 14.30

Evening performance 19.30


Contact: 01803 293975

Tuesday 13th September

Agatha Christies Murder in the Making Stories and Secrets from Her Archive

Author John Curran launches Murder in the Making, the eagerly-awaited second volume of his popular book, Agatha Christies Secret Notebooks. In this lecture he will talk about his painstaking work on what are probably the last unpublished works of the worlds most widely read author. John will also sign copies of his book.

Torquay Museum, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HG



Contact: 01803 293975

Wednesday 14th September

The Agatha Christie Quiz hosted by John Curran

Test your knowledge of all things Agatha Christie! You'll be put through your paces by quiz master John Curran, the editor/author of Secret Notebooks. Teams of four will compete by answering rounds of questions, with the winning team claiming some very desirable Christie-related prizes!

Grand Hotel, Torquay Seafront TQ2 6NT


30 per team (max four people) from the Grand Hotel and the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre in Torquay

01803 296677

For the full Agatha Christie Festival programme, visit the English Riviera Tourism Company website here.

To visit John Currans website click here

For more information about Agatha Christie please click here

More About Agatha Christie Week

The world-famous annual Agatha Christie Festival takes place on the English Riviera in South Devon, from 11th-18th September 2011. This spectacular annual festival celebrates the worlds greatest crime fiction writer, Dame Agatha Christie and her best-known detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. The Agatha Christie Festival is always a huge success and is expected to draw a large number of amateur sleuths to Devon from all over the world.

Fans will enjoy exclusive visits to her holiday home at Greenway, vintage bus rides, murder mystery dinners, tea dances, garden parties and more, while Agatha Christies Verdict comes to the Princess Theatre, produced by the Agatha Christie Theatre Company. The festival begins with the now traditional Agatha Christie Fete, on Sunday 11th, where stall holders will dress in their 1920s/30s finery and where the days entertainment will include live music, magic, Punch and Judy and dancing. There may even be a certain detective on hand

Throughout the festival at Paignton Library, there will be a rare opportunity to view first hand an original manuscript for her book Five Little Pigs, as well as the original Notebook in which Agatha Christie plotted the book. Both have recognisable references to Greenway.

Visitors can enjoy the new Agatha Christie Trail based on the 20 special places that inspired her life and works across the English Riviera and South Devon.

Plus, the famous Agatha Christie Mile along Torquays seafront takes people to some of the additional places that were so special to her in her younger years including: Princess Pier where she enjoyed roller-skating, Beacon Cove where she was a regular swimmer and the Victorian Pavilion where she loved to dance.

The festival draws to a close with a special Cream Tea Day at Cockington Court, Torquay, and the Agatha Christie Swim in aid of Devon Air Ambulance, taking place at Broadsands Beach.

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