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 will be taking up the mantle of writer-in-residence from September - November.
Throughout her three-month residency she will be 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.
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.
National Poetry Day celebration
Thursday 28 September, 11am-1pm
In Greenway’s House Kitchen Roselle will be helping visitors to write a poem on a postcard.
Pumpkin poetry word harvest
Thursday 26 October, 11am-1pm
Roselle will be leading this family-focussed session to collect words from the half-term pumpkin poetry trail, and helping kids to use them to create their own poetry on a crafted pumpkin.
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.
Creative writing walk and workshop
Sunday 17 September, 2-5pm, £10
Greenway's writer-in-residence will be leading a walk through the garden and woodland. She’ll be inviting you, through observation, imagination, memories and the idea of journeys, to draw on Greenway’s beautiful environment to stimulate your creative responses in note form. After that, you’ll go on to the marquee and bandstand in the Walled Garden to write more in a guided session. No writing experience needed. Tea and biscuits will be provided.
‘A love letter to autumn’
Saturday 30 September, 11am-1pm, £5
Roselle will be leading a walk through Greenway garden, and discussing the ways to draw inspiration for creative writing from places.
Glimpses: autumn haiku workshop
Wednesday 11 October, 11am-1pm, £7
Greenway's writer-in-residence will be leading this workshop focused on writing haiku about autumn.
Oak tree's lost chances –
lazy full-bellied river
pregnant with acorns
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.
- Land and nature: Tuesday 10 October, 2-4pm, £5 (normal admission prices apply).
- 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.