Find out about Greenway's writers-in-residence
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. J. R. Carpenter, a Canadian-born, UK-based award-winning artist, writer and performer, has been in residence from Saturday 15 September; Agatha Christie’s birthday until November.
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.
J. R. Carpenter
As well as an artist, writer, and performer, J. R. is a researcher, and maker of maps, zines, books, poetry, short fiction, long fiction, non-fiction, and non-linear, intertextual, hypermedia, and computer-generated narratives. Her pioneering works of digital literature have been exhibited, published, performed, and presented around the world. She is a winner of the CBC Quebec Writing Competition (2003 & 2005), the QWF Carte Blanche Quebec Award (2008), the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book (2008), the Dot Award for Digital Literature (2015), and the New Media Writing Prize (2016).
Throughout her residency, J.R. Carpenter led a series of events, activities and workshops designed to enable everyone to explore writing, whether you’re new to it or already have a body of work. During her time at Christie’s holiday home, nestled on the banks of the River Dart, she drew inspiration from the surroundings and created a piece of work inspired by Greenway.
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.
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.