Listen to our literary podcast episodes
Listen to all our literary-themed episodes from the National Trust Podcast and escape to an intriguing world of books and writers. Join curator, James Grasby as he explores how five of the places we care for helped shape the work of William Wordsworth, T.E. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw and Agatha Christie.
Episode 84: 100 years of mystery
While many of us are familiar with Agatha Christie’s characters, just how well do we know Agatha the person? As we celebrate 100 years of Agatha’s stories, we take a look back at the woman behind the books, and her grandson shares his memories of their holidays together at Greenway house in Devon.
Episode 28: Shaw's Corner
In this episode we discover Shaw’s Corner, former home of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Join us in an intimate look into the private life of one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights.
Episode 30: The magic of Shaw's writing
In this mini episode, Producer Michael Friend explores his deep personal connection to George Bernard Shaw's writings, at Shaw's Corner in Hertfordshire.
Episode 31: Wordsworth's homes
In this episode we join National Trust curator, James Grasby on a journey into the homeland of Romantic poetry in the Lake District. We’ll explore the places that inspired one of the nation’s best loved poets, William Wordsworth.
Episode 33: A place to create
In this mini episode, we head to Allan Bank – the former home of William Wordsworth – to see how the place continues to inspire and nurture today’s creative minds.
Episode 34: Agatha Christie at Greenway
In this episode we explore the Devonshire holiday home of the prolific crime writer, Agatha Christie. Not only was Greenway Christie’s place of rest and relaxation, it was the setting of three of her fictional murders.
Episode 36: Greenway's literary legacy
In this mini episode, James Grasby meets Greenway's writer in residence, Roselle Angwin, and Community Involvement Officer, Carly Mays. He learns how Greenway continues to inspire writers today.
Episode 50: Lawrence of Arabia's woodland retreat
In this episode we’re at Clouds Hill, the rustic retreat of T.E. Lawrence. This dilapidated cottage is where Lawrence of Arabia fled his new-found fame, following his adventures in the desert during the First World War.
Episode 51: Lawrence of Arabia's famous friends
In this mini episode we’ll hear about the famous friends of T.E. Lawrence. From artists and writers like Thomas Hardy, to fellow soldiers from the army, Lawrence welcomed an array of visitors to his rustic retreat.