On Saturday 15 September, the anniversary of Agatha Christie’s birthday, her holiday home Greenway will become the creative home for another author for two months.
J. R. Carpenter, a Canadian-born UK-based award-winning artist, writer and performer is to be the writer-in-residence as part of Writing Places, a celebration of the South West’s literary heritage by the National Trust in partnership with Literature Works.
Throughout her residency, J.R. Carpenter will lead a series of events, activities and workshops designed to help everyone to explore writing, whether or not they are new to it or already have a body of work. During her time at Christie’s holiday home, which is nestled on the banks of the River Dart, she’ll also draw inspiration from the picturesque surroundings.
Heather Norman-Soderlind, Chair of Literature Works, said: “J. R. Carpenter’s writing ranges across poetry, fiction, essay, script, digital writing and zines. This versatility, coupled with her obvious passion for the environs of the River Dart, its people and visitors, makes her an excellent choice for this year’s Greenway residency.”
Saturday 15 September is also the date of the Greenway fête which, this year, is themed around Christie’s novel Dead Man’s Folly. Bunting will adorn the Walled Garden where visitors can enjoy 1950s traditional fête stalls and activities including a coconut shy, plant stall and second-hand book stall as well as games such as ball-in-a-bucket and hook-a-duck. There will also be a booth where J. R. Carpenter will lead the first of her writing activities: zine-making. A zine is a small-circulation self-published work usually reproduced via photocopier.
To find out more about J. R. Carpenter’s residency at Agatha Christie’s holiday home, and to book onto any of Greenway’s literary events, call 01803 842382 or visit the National Trust’s website.
The full line-up of writing events and activities will be announced on Greenway’s website in the run-up to the fête and here on the Writing Places website.
Image: J. R. Carpenter at Greenway, National Trust / Tony Watson.