Education & Outreach

This year the International Agatha Christie Festival has worked with our partners to ensure an ongoing and vital educational strand is embedded in the Festival programme.

We have devised, with the help of Torbay Council and Literature Works, a schools creative writing project that encourages children to let their imaginations soar while building a firm foundation of creative writing skills. Students have been writing stories, based on the mysteries of historic Torre Abbey, the results of which will be read and discussed at an afternoon of children’s workshops during Festival week.

The Festival has also devised a film project, working with the students of South Devon College, to create a 90 second short film using themes from the life, literature and legacy of Agatha Christie. The film will be shown during the Festival.

Students from the Hospitality department of South Devon College are also widely involved in this year’s Festival, providing a five course meal for our very special Murder Mystery event, and baking a birthday cake for the Birthday celebrations on the 15th September.

Children’s educational and writing workshops are being held this year as part of the main Festival programme, with the assistance of some of the leading children’s writers of our time, including Bonnie MacBride and Ali Sparkes. These fun events are designed to inspire children’s love of literature and are open to everyone to take part in.

Adult education is also an important part of the Festival programme, offering a unique opportunity this year to spend a week immersing yourself in the literary ambience of the Festival activities. The weeks programme includes workshops and events led by guest writers and literary practitioners, on a range of themes from writing a short story to having your novel published.

The Festival hopes to build on its educational programme in the coming year, offering a wider range of activities and learning opportunities, for people of all ages.