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  • GKCfanGKCfan Wisconsin, United States mod
    You're welcome!
  • JaneCJaneC Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Fan
    Dear Agatha Christie community,

    I've just downloaded the Pdf of 'Murder in a Green and Pleasant Land' and I'm enjoying the writing, which I am interpreting as an elegant and slightly humourous homage to the Queen of Crime. Very well done!

    I'm wondering if another competition is on the cards? It seems as though there are quite a few of us fans out there who would enjoy the focus of writing for a 'publication' (albeit a non-commercial one). The competition, sanctioned by Agatha Christie Ltd. does allow for the use of Agatha Christie's characters, and therefore an outlet for our writing inspired by her work. I suppose I'm just wondering where the outlets would be for work which includes Agatha Christie's characters, without running into copy write issues.

    Any ideas?

    JaneC
  • HerculeAndAchilleHerculeAndAchille Harrogate, England ✭✭✭
    JaneC said:
    Dear Agatha Christie community,

    I've just downloaded the Pdf of 'Murder in a Green and Pleasant Land' and I'm enjoying the writing, which I am interpreting as an elegant and slightly humourous homage to the Queen of Crime. Very well done!

    I'm wondering if another competition is on the cards? It seems as though there are quite a few of us fans out there who would enjoy the focus of writing for a 'publication' (albeit a non-commercial one). The competition, sanctioned by Agatha Christie Ltd. does allow for the use of Agatha Christie's characters, and therefore an outlet for our writing inspired by her work. I suppose I'm just wondering where the outlets would be for work which includes Agatha Christie's characters, without running into copy write issues.

    Any ideas?

    JaneC
    Hi Jane! I think that's a very intriguing idea... I wonder if we would run into copyright issues if we used no more than the first sentence of one of her books - an online "publication" would be, I think, very interesting. I, for one, would love to participate in the writing process.

    Maybe we could make a separate discussion dedicated to this?

    Let me know what you think!
  • JaneCJaneC Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Fan
    HI there,

    Sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you. I haven't been checking the site. As far as I can tell, Agatha Christie's copyright includes her characters. The use of her work as inspiration for the 'write your own' competition was sanctioned by Agatha Christie Ltd. solely for the competition, and the resulting work wasn't published commercially. I quote from the title page of 'Murder in a Green and Pleasant Land' (the result of the 'write your own' competition:

    "This work has been officially licensed by Agatha Christie Limited in respect of the Write Your Own Christie competition only.
    Please note that in no way are individuals permitted to write any book based on the literary works and/or characters of Agatha Christie without obtaining official written permission from Agatha Christie Limited."

    I think we could publish on the Agatha Christie website, as people do, gaining comments from other fans, but it would be good to do something a little more 'complete' and edited.

    I know that the competition involved input from Agatha Christie Ltd. (I think her grandson helped to judge it), so another competition might be hard to organise.

    Something less formal and a separate discussion might work,


    Any ideas?


    Jane
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