Kew to host literary festival

Kew Gardens is to launch its first literary festival this autumn.

From 24-28 September 2015, the gardens will host authors including Bill Bryson, Ella Woodward, Jacqueline Wilson, Louis de Bernières, Margaret Atwood, Max Hastings, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Mosley, Richard Mabey, and Simon Armitage.

The full programme will be announced and all tickets released in early June.

Many of the talks will take place in Kew’s listed buildings, including the Nash Conservatory and Museum Number 1.

Kew director Richard Deverell said: "We are delighted to be launching a new London literary festival. Kew is so much more than just a botanic garden, and as an organisation with over 250 years of knowledge, creativity and burning scientific passion behind it, I am thrilled to be welcoming some of the world’s best writers and thinkers."

The Festival’s programming directors Anne Elletson and Tanya Burgess said: "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."

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