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Write on Kew literary festival opens this week


This week, Kew Gardens will open its doors to its inaugural autumn literary festival, Write on Kew, with over 80 events across all genres, from fiction to science, children’s to cookery. From booker prize winners to poets and nature writers, there will be a host of opportunities to listen to some of the most fascinating authors and writers, including Bill Bryson, Ella Woodward, Vince Cable and Margaret Atwood. The programme starts on Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 September 2015.

Evening Talk in the Orangery

Write on Kew programming directors Anne Elletson and Tanya Burgess say: “Books and nature both stimulate the imagination and take us to new and unexpected places; and what better place than Kew Gardens, a science institution and botanic garden to provide a new London platform for debate, discovery, creativity and a flow of ideas.”

The 2015 programme includes:

Literature

Led by the world-renowned Margaret Atwood who will launch her sinister, wickedly funny new novel ‘The Heart Goes Last’ at the festival. Other highlights include the recently booker prize shortlisted Neel Mukherjee, along with Louis de Bernières, Hanif Kureishi, and booker prize winners Penelope Lively and Howard Jacobson.

Horticulture, Food & Drink

Some of the biggest names in horticulture, including Carol Klein, Thomas Packenham and James Wong will share their green-fingered expertise and food and drink as writers including plant-foodie sensation Ella Woodward and Times hard liquor columnist Alice Lascelles will reveal their recipes and tips.

Visitors at the literary festival  Credit: Megan Taylor

Non-Fiction

Biography and history heavyweights Claire Tomalin and Max Hastings respectively will be discussing their works on Dora Jordan and the secret services in WW2.

Other highlights include eclectic, illuminating talks from Bill Bryson on travel in Britain, Mel Giedroyc on literary lunches, Andrew Marr on Britain through its poetry and Iain Sinclair on London’s Ginger Line.

All tickets are on sale at www.kew.org, where there is also a full list of the writers appearing. I, myself, am going to see Michael Mosley speak, though unfortunately I missed out on Ella Woodward who’s already sold out.

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