Greenway – Creative Writing Workshops at Agatha Christie’s holiday home
If you haven’t been before, a visit to Greenway is a great way to spend an afternoon! Nestled in the lush banks looking towards the River Dart estuary, in between Torquay and Brixham, it is well worth a visit. And if you visit during the next 3 months, why don’t you try out one of the wonderful writing workshops on offer?
Agatha Christie called Greenway “the loveliest place in the world” and when you walk around the house you can see how they lived, it is just as the family have left it. The rooms are full of their character, and give you a real feeling of nostalgia for times gone past. Just sitting outside the house, in the soft afternoon sun, there was a wonderful view right down the valley to the beautiful River Dart. I spotted a number of small sailing boats in the far distance.
We were lucky, it was a sunny September afternoon, with a little chill in the air, but the warmth of the sun shone through. The main reason for our visit was of course the writing workshop with Roselle and the walk around the grounds.
Greenway have appointed Roselle Angwin as writer-in-residence. Devon based Roselle is a poet, author, blogger and environmentalist and is leading the creative based writing workshops here. We attended the workshop on Sunday 17th September. The workshop started with a walk through the garden and woodland. We were giving red notebooks and national trust pens to record our observations along the way. We were encouraged to use our imagination on the walk. Also, to think about any memories that may come up and to draw on Greenway’s beautiful environment to stimulate our creative responses in note form.
It was a stimulating walk, through some beautiful areas of the garden. There were bamboo standing tall and willowy, like feathers in the breeze. Tall grasses, smiling happy faces of the pink echinacea and a chirpy robin which seemed to follow us all the way through. There were beautiful dahlias, blowsy, drowsy and vibrant with bumble bees floating from bloom to bloom. Under the trees it was cool damp and peaceful. We entered into a cave like space, which led us to the fernery where we found a pet cemetery where Agatha’s dogs were buried. The water from the small fountain bubbled and gurgled away, creating a feeling of mist and damp.
There were yellow pompoms flowers tinged with pink; golden peachy tree trunks with green foliage. And throughout the walk we saw glimpses of the water down below. There were sounds of the river boats chugging along, and an occasional dog barking in the distance. We came across a small pond with a wonderful statue of Kuan Yin, the Buddhist Goddess of loving kindness and compassion. This was a beautiful serene spot.
We regrouped back in the walled garden for tea and biscuits and then shared some of our scribblings. Roselle read out a number of excerpts from various travel writers, which gave us food for thought and then we proceeded to write again for another 20 minutes. All in all it was a wonderful afternoon, it was good to do something different, something creative, to meet new, interesting people and to discover another wonderful place to visit.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.