From Saturday 25 – Friday 31 May, National Trust Greenway is hosting some very exciting children’s book writers for Children’s Book Week, as part of the Greenway Literary Festival.

Little bookworms can enjoy tales from ‘The Fairytale Hairdresser’ and The Trapdoor Mysteries by Abie Longstaff, the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage and Rosie Sandler’s Agatha Oddly to name just a few.

Author Abie Longstaff said “It’s an honour to open the inaugural Greenway Literary Festival. I’ve always loved Agatha Christie’s books. I was a teenager in an era when Young Adult fiction was sparse and I read her books obsessively, snuggled on the sofa with snacks. My old copies still have chocolatey thumbprints where I turned the pages. As an adult I appreciate even more how effortlessly she captured a perfect blend of intrigue, puzzles, humour and drama.”

Older readers can discover gripping and contemporary books with debut novel I am Thunder by Muhammad Khan, listed as one of the best children’s books for 2018 by The Guardian.

Visitors can take part in interactive readings, free storytelling sessions with Torbay Libraries and others, and creative workshops to inspire budding writers with their own plots or the chance to get crafty. Ticket details and the festival programme is available to download from the National Trust website.

During the half term you can take a self-led code-breaking trail around the woodland garden, or find a comfy spot and help yourself to a book bag during your visit, with children’s books and props to play.

And to keep the holiday feeling going, there’s an open air production of ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ at Greenway on Friday 7 June from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. International award winning theatre company Illryia brings an action packed performance for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are £14 adult, £10 child or £42 for family of four.

The festival is a partnership project between the National Trust and Literature Works, the South West’s literature development charity, and celebrates Greenway’s literary heritage as well as 10 years of the National Trust caring for Greenway House.

To find out more about the Greenway Literary Festival at Agatha Christie’s holiday home, download the programme and book tickets, call 01803 842382 or visit the website.