Main Kew website

Write on KewSaturday 24 September

Saturday 24 September

Explore full listings for Saturday 24 September, running from 10am to 7.30pm.

Speakers include Carol Ann Duffy, Joanne Harris, Rick Stein, Tracy Chevalier, Kate Adie and more.


Register for updates

Sign up to receive the latest information about this year's festival and to hear about other events and promotions​.

About Write on Kew

All Saturday’s events are listed below. You can also filter by genre. There is limited capacity for each event so book early to avoid disappointment.

Also on Saturday, Kew on a Page – free walking tour at 11am, 12 noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Visit places and plants in Kew Gardens with literary associations, from Alexander Pope to Virginia Woolf.
Tours start at the Festival Bookshop.

Catalina Willis – Creative Colouring In – Free Workshop 1pm and 3pm at the Festival Bookshop

Age 1 to 100. Join the 15 year old illustrator of the Horatio’s Garden Colouring Book for inspiring tips on how to colour creatively.  Using her fabulous designs produce your own unique work of art.

Paul Thomas – How to Caricature – Free Workshop 2pm and 4pm at the Festival Bookshop

Drawing on imagery from his acclaimed book An Unreliable History of Tattoos, the award-winning cartoonist will be giving a practical demonstration of how to caricature for fun -if not for profit.



Top picks from Write on Kew

Saturday 24 September, 10.00am

Sally Gardner

The Matchbox Mysteries (Age: 8+ years)

Join the award-winning author of I, Coriander and Maggot Moon for an hour of magic and mystery as she talks about her detective series Wings & Co.

Event details

Genre: Children
Venue: Banks Building

Saturday 24 September, 7.30pm

Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson

An Evening with the Poet Laureate

Join the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy as she reads from her acclaimed poetry collections including The Bees, accompanied by her favourite 'court musician' John Sampson.

Event details

Genre: Fiction
Venue: Banks Building

What’s On

Filter events by genre

Saturday 24 September, 10.00am

Join the award-winning author of I, Coriander and Maggot Moon for an hour of magic and mystery as she talks about her detective series Wings & Co.

Event details

Genre: Children
Venue: Banks Building

Saturday 24 September, 10.30am

Laline Paull talks about her extraordinary debut novel set entirely in a beehive.

Event details

Genre: Fiction
Venue: Museum No.1

Saturday 24 September, 10.30am

Author and former publisher Margaret Willes talks about plant references in Shakespeare with help from exquisite hand-drawn illustrations.  

Event details

Genre: Science / Nature
Venue: Cambridge Cottage

Saturday 24 September, 11.00am

Colin Thubron talks to Rajan Datar.
The award-winning travel writer and novelist looks back over an extraordinary career and talks about his latest fiction.

Event details

Genre: Fiction
Venue: Nash Conservatory

Saturday 24 September, 12.00pm

Keeping bees in an urban situation presents challenges. This talk addresses how to embark safely on this fascinating hobby. 

Event details

Genre: Science / Nature
Venue: Jodrell Seminar Room

Saturday 24 September, 12.00pm

The acclaimed author of Agent Zigzag tells the fascinating, true story of the world's most mysterious and celebrated military organisation.

Event details

Genre: History
Venue: Banks Building

Saturday 24 September, 12.00pm

The former doctor, acclaimed gardener, cook and TV presenter talks about how to eat so that you feel well, look well and live longer.

Event details

Genre: Food
Venue: Jodrell Lecture Theatre

Saturday 24 September, 12.30pm

A fun, interactive session of storytelling and drawing for younger readers with the Evening Standard Oscar's First Book Prize winner. 

Event details

Genre: Children
Venue: Cambridge Cottage

Our Sponsors

JM Finn & Co is an investment management firm that seeks to meet the individual demands of today’s private and professional investors.

With a dedicated investment manager as the central point of contact, clients of JM Finn & Co can expect a highly personalised approach to investment management. Typically, our clients are looking to invest for the long term and see JM Finn & Co as a trusted provider of sound investment management.

With a rich history of managing family investments, we understand the need to tailor our services to suit investors’ differing needs across multiple generations via a generally conservative approach to investing, which typically sees us seeking returns over multiple market cycles, as opposed to targeting quick gains.

For more information, visit



Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB

Which gate to use

Before 5.30pm all four gates (Victoria, Elizabeth, Brentford and Lion) are open.

After 5.30pm, please use Elizabeth Gate.

Eating and drinking

We have four restaurants and cafés:

  • White Peaks café open until 5pm
  • Pavilion restaurant open until 5pm
  • Victoria Plaza café open until 5.30pm
  • Orangery restaurant open until 7pm

Getting here

By car

The Gardens are well signposted from all the major local roads.The South Circular (A205) passes the north-east corner of Kew Gardens. Kew Road (A307) forms the eastern border.

Car park

Brentford Gate car park is open 10am to 6.30pm. Access is via Ferry Lane (off Kew Green). Use TW9 3AF to find the car park.

Cost is £7 per day.
No charge for motorcycles and mopeds.

Other parking

Free parking is available on Kew Road (A307) after 10am every day.

Parking restrictions apply on most of residential streets around Kew and on parts of Kew Road.

By train

The nearest stations are:

  • Kew Gardens station (District and London Overground lines)
  • Kew Bridge station (South West Trains)
By bus

The most convenient bus routes are:

  • Route 65 (stops close to Lion Gate and Victoria Gate)
  • Route 391 (stops near Kew Gardens station)
  • Routes 237 and 267 (stop at Kew Bridge station)
By bicycle

Bicycle racks available at Victoria, Brentford and Elizabeth Gates.
Owners leave bikes at their own risk.


Venue access

All venues, cafés and shops have level access.

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets at:

  • Victoria Gate
  • Brentford Gate
  • Welcome Centre
  • Orangery restaurant
  • White Peaks café
  • Cambridge Cottage
Guide and assistance dogs

Guide dogs or registered disability assistance dogs are welcome within the Gardens. Other dogs are not allowed.

Free carer tickets

Visitors with a disability who buy an event ticket are entitled to one free ticket for their carer or companion.

We will need evidence of DLA or Blue Badge on entry, without this we may withhold the free carer ticket.

Disabled parking

Parking in Brentford Gate car park is free to drivers with a disability and displaying the Blue Badge.

There are 12 extra wide disabled parking bays. If these are full, drivers with a disability are welcome to park elsewhere in the car park free of charge.

There are 3 disabled parking spaces on Kew Green near Elizabeth Gate.

There is more disabled parking within Brentford Gate for events that finish before 5.30pm.