Towns to mark Christie’s work

Herald Series: Towns to mark Christie’s work Towns to mark Christie’s work

Wallingford and Cholsey will celebrate their connections with crime writer Agatha Christie with a special weekend this autumn.

Judy Dewey, curator at Wallingford Museum which has a permanent Christie display, is organising the weekend on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 with the backing of the town council.

Crime novelist Christie, pictured, who wrote the popular Miss Marple and Poirot detective stories, lived at Winterbrook House, Cholsey, from 1934 until her death in 1976.

Mrs Dewey, from Cholsey, said “This will be our first Agatha Christie weekend, but if it’s a success we hope it will grow.”

“People living in Oxfordshire who are interested in Agatha Christie can get involved and we hope it will bring in some visitors.

The organisers hope to screen films of Christie’s novels at the Corn Exchange on the Friday night and a number of walks and talks will be scheduled over the weekend.

TV historian Dr Lucy Worsley will also give a talk on the author’s life and work.

Agatha Christie died at Winterbrook House, and is buried in the churchyard at Cholsey.

In 2011, the High Street museum staged an exhibition featuring 15 letters by the author, including 13 she wrote as president of the town’s Sinodun Players drama group, which meets at the Corn Exchange.

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