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.
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.
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.
This year we hope to have a writer-in-residence in the autumn: please keep an eye here for more information nearer the time.