Writing with Greenway's Writer-in-Residence

Are you ready to be inspired by Greenway? Writer-in-Residence J. R. Carpenter is on hand to help, by leading events and activities at Agatha Christie's holiday home designed to bring writing to life.

Writer in Residence J. R. Carpenter sat at a desk at Greenway, Devon

Meet J. R. Carpenter

Throughout her residency, J.R. Carpenter will be helping visitors to Greenway to explore writing, whether they’re new to it or already have a body of work. She’ll also be drawing inspiration from the surroundings as she creates a piece of work inspired by Greenway. As well as an artist, writer, and performer, J. R. is a researcher, and maker of maps, zines, books, poetry and much more.

Marquees, bunting and visitors at at fete

Zine making

On Saturday 15 September, the anniversary of Christie’s birthday, bunting will be adorning the Walled Garden for the Greenway fête. At the fête, J. R. Carpenter will be leading the first of her writing activities at Greenway: a zine making booth. With the help of J. R., you’ll be able to make your own zine to take home.

A visitor taking a picture on her phone

Live tweeting for National Poetry Day

Over the course of National Poetry Day on Thursday 4 October, J. R. will be posting poetic fragments of facts and observations about the River Dart and its environs on Twitter. These tweets will then be used as the basis of a poem.

The Battery at Greenway in winter, overlooking the River Dart

Writing about weather

Why not join J. R. for an informal discussion about writing and weather? Learn more about the themes of place, displacement, weather, and the environment which run through her work, and hear excerpts from her writing about the River Dart on Saturday 13 October.

Pupils tending to the allotment in the garden of Greenway in Devon

Half term harvest trail

Over half term, J. R. will have set up a trail in Greenway garden for families to complete. The harvest-themed trail will celebrate autumn, with literary connections, writing stations and a digital element as well.

Pocket watches on display

Writing workshop

On Thursday 15 November, J. R. will be exploring writing and time at a creative writing workshop in the House Kitchen. A series of writing exercises and discussions will provide participants with strategies for getting started, getting going, and getting inspired with writing - whatever their abilities or experience.

The House Kitchen in Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday home

Writer-in-Residence exhibition

To wrap up J. R. Carpenter's residency, on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November the House Kitchen will be home to an exhibition of both her work and that created by the participants on her events and activities.