#Bookstagram2017 – Hay-on-Wye Meetup

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I have finally managed to gather my thoughts from the wonderful Bookstagram 2017 meet up I attended last weekend in Hay-on-Wye. Fair warning, this post is going to be a long one so make sure to grab yourself a cup of tea!

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The Crime Museum Uncovered

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Except for the odd footprint and the few remnants of Turkish cigarette butts, Agatha Christie rarely gave us a murder mystery that wasn’t driven by the basic human nature of people. She once said, “Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend” which makes me think that criminals do, in fact, exist among us and could potentially be one of us. More than that, a sensationalised crime sparks the curiosity of the general public and soon we’re all hooked to our tellies or furiously scrolling down our screens looking for the latest update on the current case gripping the nation. Human nature, then, has a natural tendency to be fascinated by the macabre.

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The Women of Christie (Part 1)

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Agatha Christie was born a Victorian but grew up in a time when women had one foot in a crinoline and the other down a trouser leg. The Great War came and people started toppling off their Victorian pedestals into a steadily germinating modernity. More and more women were learning how to drive, volunteering as aid during the war, running establishments and basically entering what were predominantly patriarchal roles; finally, sexual stereotypes and gender roles were being renegotiated.

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Deal Noir 2016

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All over England there are many festivals and events to celebrate the love for literature and books and as crime fiction lovers we are always looking for an occasion to share the love with other aficionados. One event that we will not miss (and neither should you) is the Deal Noir Crime Fiction Convention 2016, set in the very British sea town of Deal, Kent.

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Akhnaton Premiere

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Some of you will know that Agatha Christie was greatly influenced by the Middle East thanks to her second husband Max Mallowan, whom she met during an excavation in modern Syria. But she was also very fond of Egypt, having spent her early 20s in Cairo, dancing at balls with soldiers and living the life of (as often described in her books) a “young bright thing”. Besides partying and dancing, while in Egypt she became very interested in the forgotten and almost forbidden, Pharaoh Akhenaten, husband of the well known Queen Nefertiti and father of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

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