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Write on Kew 2015 Literary Festival

Thursday 24 to Monday 28 September 2015


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This autumn Kew Gardens launches its first ever literary festival with over 80 events across all genres, from fiction to science, children's to cookery.

Over five days from Thursday 24 to Monday 28 September, the glorious grounds of Kew will welcome authors including Louis de Bernières, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo and Richard Mabey.  

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Featured events

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A. S. Byatt and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst - The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and The Secret History of Wonderland
A. S. Byatt joins Robert Douglas-Fairhurst to discuss the enduring impact of the Alice stories and the complex relationship between their creator and the child for whom they were written.


Dan Cruickshank - The History of Architecture in 100 Buildings
Architectural historian and TV presenter Dan Cruickshank looks at civilisation through its greatest constructions, from Syria to Shrewsbury, Sudan to southern Spain.


Jacqueline Wilson - The Butterfly Club and Katy
Jacqueline Wilson talks about her latest books, The Butterfly Club and Katy, a re-imagining of the classic Victorian story What Katy Did.


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Authors announced so far:

A.S. Byatt, Adele Nozedar, Alice Lascelles, Anita Anand, Bill Bryson, Carol Klein, Claire Tomalin, Dan Cruickshank, Ella Woodward, Emma Chicester Clark and Blue Kangeroo, Esther Freud, Gavin Francis, Hanif Kureishi, Iain Sinclair, Jackie Bennett, Jacqueline Wilson, James Wong, Janey Downshire, Judith Kerr, Kathryn Harkup, Lauren Child, Louis de Bernières, Lucy Letherland, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Willes, Max Hastings, Mel Giedroyc and friends, Michael Frayn, Michael McCarthyy, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Mosley, Neel Mukherjee, Oliver Morton, Paul Nurse, Penelope Lively, Piers Torday, Richard Mabey, Simon Armitage, Tracy Chevalier and Sue Shephard, Virginia McKenna and Lauren St John, Wendy Cope, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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How to book Write on Kew event tickets

  • Browse the events - click on "Browse all events" link above
  • Once you are ready to book tickets, click on any of the "Book tickets" buttons, which will take you to our separate booking system. 
  • If you are a Friend of Kew enter your membership number at the top of the page to see the reduced price ticket options.
  • Select your preferred events from the list before clicking 'continue' which will take you through the buying process.
  • Each event has limited capacity, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 



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