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Detail of the books in the Library at Dudmaston, Shropshire

In season two, part three of the National Trust Podcast, we immerse you in a world of books and writers. Join curator James Grasby as he explores how three properties, now cared for by the National Trust, helped shape and influence the work of George Bernard Shaw, William Wordsworth and Agatha Christie.

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A view of the garden and house at Shaw's Corner

Released 14 December – Treading the boards at Shaw’s Corner 

In the first episode we discover Shaw’s Corner, former home of the playwright George Bernard Shaw. Deep in rural Hertfordshire, the conventional exterior of Shaw’s Corner hides evidence of Shaw’s extraordinary life and is largely unchanged since his death. Join us in an intimate look into the private life of one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights.

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In addition to the main episode, two mini episodes will bring you extra content from Shaw’s Corner. These will be available to stream or download on the 21st December and 28 December.

A member of NT staff dressed in costume outside the front of Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth

Released 4 January – Picturesque poetry at Wordsworth House and Allan Bank 

Nestled in the valleys of the Lake District, the various homes of William Wordsworth were all ideally placed for him to access the nature and natural beauty that inspired his romantic poetry. Two homes, from the beginning and end of his life, are in our care – Wordsworth House and Allan Bank. Learn more about their impact on the world of literature.

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In addition to our main episode, two mini episodes will bring you extra content from Wordsworth House and Allan Bank. These will be available to stream or download on the 11 January and 18 January.

View of the exterior of Greenway house

Released 25 January – Murder and mystery at Greenway 

For the last of our episodes featuring literary homes, 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. To hear if we escape without becoming the latest victim of the butler and his candlestick, you’ll have to download the last of our podcasts from this season.

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In addition to our main episode, two mini episodes will bring you extra content from Greenway. These will be available to stream or download on the 1 February and 8 February.

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What is a podcast?

A podcast is an audio show, usually spread across a series of episodes, which can be downloaded from the Internet and listened to either on a computer or an MP3 player. New instalments of each series can be received by subscribers automatically.

Why are we doing it?

Podcasts are a great way to find out more about a subject while simply listening – you can listen on your daily commute, at the gym, while you're in the car, or relaxing at home. As a medium, audio is evocative and immersive – an ideal way to go behind the scenes at our places to discover more about the history, and how the Trust looks after these places for ever, for everyone.

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