Criminal Heritage: Crime, Fiction, and History (5 September 2017)
Leeds Beckett University
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This exciting international conference was organised with Fern Pullan. Distinguished speakers from universities across and beyond Europe introduced some stimulating new discussions. We are pursuing publication.
Agatha Christie: A Reappraisal (19-20 June 2017)
University of Cambridge
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This event is co-organised by Mia Dormer and me. Keynote speakers include Merja Makinen and Julius Green and ofcourse we have some exciting surprises lined up.
The Ageless Agatha Christie: Adaptations and Afterlives (21 June 2016)
University of Exeter
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This event is co-organised by Mia Dormer and me.
Agatha Christie: Hidden Horizons (13-14 April 2015)
University of Exeter
I promoted this event at the International Agatha Christie Festival. This exciting two-day conference built on all the potential of the previous year’s. It featured stunning keynote papers from the crime writer Sophie Hannah, Professor Gill Plain, and Dr John Curran. Much fun (including two conference meals and a pub quiz!) was had by all.
Events were crowned with an exclusive VIP
performance of Murder on the Nile from the Exeter Little Theatre Company, tying nicely with our title: Hidden Horizon was that play’s original title. The event received national media coverage.
Queens of Crime (12-13 June 2014)
Senate House, University of London
This pioneering international event brought together researchers with writers and enthusiasts to discuss the issue of women in crime fiction. Co-organised by Brittain Bright (Goldsmiths, University of London) and me, the two-day conference took place in Senate House, University of London.
Our keynote speakers both went down a storm. The crime writer Val McDermid talked about ‘why tradition matters’: she identified Josephine Tey as a neglected genius, who began to transform the detective genre, and named Ruth Rendell as the reigning queen of crime. Lee Horsley, the founder of CrimeCulture, whose monograph Detective Fiction (2005) has been quoted by everyone in the field, gave a thrilling talk about femmes fatales in ‘psychological noir’ fiction. We were excited to see the first stage of her thrilling new research project.
In the evening, we enjoyed a panel discussion in which Brittain Bright and I chaired. Three familiar crime writers were in conversation. Alanna Knight, Jessica Mann, and Kate Rhodes all have very different approaches to crime writing, and they all spoke with warmth and insight.
Agatha Christie: Crime, Culture, Celebrity (14 April 2014)
Streatham campus, University of Exeter
This ground-breaking event was the first full academic conference devoted to Agatha Christie to be held in a British university. For this event, we received a funding award from Research Development, University of Exeter, and endorsement from the Crime Studies Network. I organised this one-day conference independently.
The day included nineteen twenty-minute talks, as well as two keynote papers, and an artistic exhitbition. Feedback was brilliant. One delegate said, ‘I have never attended a conference where all the papers were of such a consistently high calibre.’ Themes ranged from ‘Recurrent Plot Devices’ (John Curran) to ‘Textiles in text’ (Jane Custance Baker), translation (Brigitta Hudácskó), the queer child (Sarah Bernstein), and ‘Miss Lemon’s Filing System as a Cabinet of Curiosities’ (Meg Boulton).
Our first keynote speaker, Merja Makinen, drew comparisons between Christie’s The Hollow and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Sarah Street, our second keynote speaker, offered insights into the biopic Agatha, and its fraught production history. The attached exhibition, curated by Cristina Burke-Trees, featured prints of cover paintings by leading artist Tom Artist, who put in an appearance. A colleague and I are proposing an edited collection based on proceedings.