Find out about Greenway's writers-in-residence

Visitors using a typewriter

What inspired Agatha Christie to pen some of the nation’s best-loved crime novels? To get a feel for what may have inspired the Queen of Crime and to bring writing to life for visitors to her holiday home, Greenway plays host to a writer-in-residence each year. At the moment we are recruiting for our third Writer-in-Residence. The residency of eight weeks will run from 15 September, Agatha Christie’s birthday to mid-November 2018.

Writing Places

Greenway's writer-in-residence programme is part of Writing Places, which celebrates the rich literary heritage of the South West, and in particular the creativity that continues to spring from places now cared for by the National Trust.


Previous writers-in-residence

Miriam Nash

The first writer-in-residence at Greenway (other, of course, than Agatha Christie herself) was Miriam Nash, who joined us from May to July 2016. Miriam is a poet, performer and arts facilitator, with years of experience leading creative writing workshops in schools, museums and prisons in the UK, USA and Singapore.

During her residency she led visitors in a range of events including writing workshops and a poetry picnic. There were also a selection of activities in place to engage visitors with writing, including Typing a Tweet: vintage typewriters were dotted around Greenway, for visitors to use to type out tweets inspired by their visit (140 characters or less). The tweets were then featured on Twitter (@NTRiviera) with the hashtag #TypeGreenway. Notebooks were also handed out from Visitor Reception, along with a sheet of writing tips and a pencil, for visitors to use when inspiration struck. This is a tradition we carry on to this day at Greenway.

Whilst at Greenway Miriam wrote a blog about her experiences. 

Find out more about Miriam Nash by visiting her website

Roselle Angwin

Roselle is a poet, author, blogger and environmentalist, whose work has been displayed on buses and cathedral websites, has appeared in numerous anthologies, and even been eaten by sheep. She was in residence at Greenway from September to November 2017. During this time she led creative writing workshops, drop-ins and reading circles, and wrote an original piece inspired by Greenway, which you can read by following this link.
She also implemented a three-part novel writing course, covering beginnings; people and plot, and the three crises; going out with a bang not a whimper – continuing and concluding a story. Her legacy continues at Greenway through the evolved writing tips leaflet, and Roselle will be returning to lead a mindfulness walk on Wednesday 28 February 2018.  
Visit Roselle's website by clicking here

Future writers-in-residence

This year we will have a writer-in-residence in the autumn. The residency will run from September to mid-November 2018. Closing date for applications is 15 July, with interviews at Greenway on Tuesday 31 July. You can find out more and apply by clicking here.