Petworth Festival Literary Weekend - Thank You!


Dear Friends

Another festival year drew to a close on Sunday 6th November with the 17th and final event of our 6th annual literary festival. Hopefully anyone with us either in November or during the Summer will agree that it has been a pretty remarkable year with some pretty extraordinary events, whether it be the wonderful bass-baritone of Sir Willard White, the brilliant debut of Comedy in the Stables with Paul Merton and his Impro Chums, or the story of journalist Frank Gardner’s remarkable survival having repeatedly been shot whilst filming for the BBC in Saudi Arabia.

As I write, the 2017 Summer Festival is rapidly taking shape and we shall of course be publishing details once all the building blocks are finally in place in the spring, but once again thank you for support of our very special festival. If we ever appear to make it look easy, believe me - it isn’t. My professional colleagues and I, not to mention our very hard working board of trustees and team of volunteers, really are like the proverbial ducks… swimming serenely on the surface perhaps, but paddling away furiously below. Events have to be seamlessly planned, organised and financed and every one of those jobs is high pressure. If you are able to help on any of these fronts – but particularly the financial! – do please get in touch. As we approaching our 40th festival in 2018 we are determined to build our presence, influence and relevance to Petworth and the surrounding area – with events like the ones referred to above being the reward.

Happy Christmas, happy new year (and happy birthday if yours occurs any time soon!) and here’s to a wonderful, festivalling 2017

Stewart Collins
Artistic Director