We are delighted to announce that award-winning writer, Willy Russell, is to officially open The Garsdale Retreat on June 29th. This is a great honour for us and is a wonderful way to launch our first season. Willy is probably best known to many for his highly successful plays: Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine both of which became cinema box-office hits, as well as Blood Brothers, London’s longest running stage musical. He also works as a creative writing tutor and has given great support to the Garsdale project. It will be a privilege to welcome him here in the summer.