Greenway's writer-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, Devon-based writer Roselle Angwin has taken up the mantle of writer-in-residence until the end of November.

Introducing Roselle

Roselle Angwin 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 has been leading the holistic ‘Fire in the Head’ creative and reflective writing programme for 26 years. She’s tutored for a number of arts establishments here and abroad, and is the recipient of various Arts Council England awards, including for a year-long residency at Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset with a group of visual and sound artists.
She’s passionate about place in general and especially wild places and the natural world. In her workshops, Roselle has acquired a reputation for three things in particular: encouraging the kind of deep seeing that a poet’s eye brings along with the imaginative response of a storyteller/novelist; inspiring a creative re-visioning of our relationship to the rest of the natural world and catalysing creative exploration through the expressive arts, primarily writing.

Writing Places

Throughout her three-month residency she is leading creative writing workshops, drop-ins and reading circles, and writing an original piece inspired by Greenway. Roselle’s residency 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. 

What's on?


No need to pre-book for these drop-in events, but parking spaces must be booked in advance online or by phone. Normal admission prices apply for all drop-ins. 


Writer-in-residence exhibition

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November, 11am-4pm

A small exhibition of writing, objects and images, curated by Roselle, will be on display in the House Kitchen of Agatha Christie's holiday home. 


Meet the writer-in-residence

Sunday 26 November, 11-11.15am, 12-12.15pm and 1-1.15pm 

A chance to meet Greenway's writer-in-residence alongside the exhibition of her work from her three-month residency.  Roselle will be on-hand to answer any questions and discuss her work.


Creative writing workshops

Booking is essential for all of these events: to book please call 01803 842382. Normal admission prices  for Greenway apply for all creative writing workshops.


The power of place: a poetry workshop

Sunday 5 November, 11am-1pm, £7 

Roselle’s poems in lyrical passages will be dotted around the garden by the viewpoints that inspired them. On the workshop she will lead you around to see them and help you to create your own poetry inspired by those views.


A sense of place reading circles

Roselle will be hosting a gathering at Agatha Christie's holiday home, looking at poems, stories and passages of writing, with a different theme for each reading circle. Please bring with you any relevant writing by your favourite authors and poets you would like to discuss with the reading circle. Booking is essential for all of these events: to book please call 01803 842382. 

  • Trees and woodland: Tuesday 7 November, 2-4pm, £5 (no admission prices apply as Greenway will be closed to the public).
  • Rivers: Sunday 26 November, 2-4pm. £5 (normal admission prices apply).

Novel writing course

Have you always wanted to write a novel? Do you have an unfinished manuscript under the bed? Here's your opportunity; a three-part novel-writing workshop with Greenway's writer-in-residence.

The first session will cover storymaking - beginnings; the second one will look at people and plot. The third session covers the three crises; going out with a bang not a whimper – continuing and concluding a story.  

Bring a rough idea for a plot, an imagined character or two, and a theme you might be interested in exploring and we'll go from there. Suitable for anyone who is serious about trying to write a novel; no previous experience needed, but you need to sign up for all three sessions.

  • Session one: Thursday 28 September, 2-4.30pm
  • Session two: Thursday 26 October, 2-4.30pm 
  • Session three: Thursday 23 November, 2-4.30pm

£45: booking essential by calling 01803 842382.