Killer line-up for festival

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Murder is the theme of three gruesome talks at this year’s Buxton Festival.

In separate talks and interviews a best-selling author, a historian and a research chemist discuss everything - from our fascination with it to methods of execution past and present.

During her talk, ‘An Evening of Murder’, at Buxton Opera House on Wednesday 20th July Dr Lucy Worsley, BBC TV presenter, renowned historian and Chief Curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces, will take the audience on an illustrated tour through the dark story of our fascination with murder.

Lucy will examine some notorious crimes and criminals, but also explain how murder became a form of middle-class entertainment through novels, plays, paintings, and the press.

Agatha Christie fan and research chemist Kathryn Harkup talks to Hugh Fraser, best known for his role as Captain Hastings in Poirot, at the Pavilion Arts Centre on Saturday 9th July at 4pm.

The discussion, ‘A is for Arsenic’, explores Christie’s detailed plotting and what makes her books so compelling.

And finally, author Paula Hawkins talks about her number one bestseller The Girl on the Train with Mike Neary at Buxton Opera House on 21st July. For more details and to book tickets visit or phone Buxton Opera House on 01298 72190.