Book lovers head to Greenway Literary Festival

Book lovers head to Greenway Literary Festival

Greenway House, National Trust

Calling all book-lovers; here’s something you have to go see and do. The first-ever Greenway Literary Festival is on from the 25 May to 9 June 2019. This is the perfect place to celebrate your love of literature in the Bay.

Known as Agatha Christie's iconic holiday home, Greenway House is welcoming people to celebrate the written word at this National Trust special place. The debut festival is set to be an insightful experience as over 50 renowned authors come to share their stories and works with audiences over 12 days.

"We're delighted to be working in partnership with Literature Works to deliver our inaugural literature festival here at Greenway, as part of our 10-year celebrations. Where better to celebrate our literary heritage than at the holiday home of the Queen of Crime."
- Belinda Smith, Visitor Experience and Marketing Manager for the National Trust.

The first week (25-31 May) is children’s book week with events every day. Young readers can enjoy storytelling sessions, creative workshops and garden trails for families. The second week (1-9 June) coincides with the ten year anniversary of Greenway House being opened to the public.

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We’ve scoured the programme and here are three things that highlight why we’ll be heading to Greenway Literary Festival:


Robert Daws
Saturday 1 June, 3pm

Did you know the Casualty, Midsomer Murders and Poldark actor Robert Daws is also a bestselling author too? His first crime novel, The Rock, took the top spot on Amazon and introduced us all to Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan and Chief Inspector Gus Broderick. Robert will take the audience at Greenway House through the third instalment from the series The Killing Rock.


Matt Newbury & Sophie Pierce Monday 3 June, 4pm

After years of exploring and working together on two books about wild swimming, Devon-based writers Matt Newbury and Sophie Pierce will talk about swimming down the enchanting River Dart. Queen Victoria referred to the river as ‘England’s Rhine’, and it is an enchanting place to swim, from the rushing pools on the High Moor to the languid tidal reaches of the estuary.


Anne Cleeves
Sunday 9 June, 11am

Award-winning and bestselling author, Ann Cleeves will share stories about her life in books. Ann has written 33 novels and is the only living writer with two series adapted for television for ITV and BBC One. Her detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez are loved around the world.

Running from 25 May to 9 June, the Greenway Literary Festival has a full programme of talks, workshops and readings from all genres, for all ages - download the full programme here. Normal admission applies, plus price per person. More information, visit

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