Petworth Festival Literary Week starts next week!

Where in one week can you learn all about the history of flight, the machinations of the Tudor court, the extraordinary life of one of the country’s most notorious visual artists, the significance of the hoodie and the mini-skirt, and what it is to experience life in jail? The answer – at this year’s Petworth Festival Literary week where Richard Dawkins will discuss his new book Flights of Fancy; Alison Weir her latest historical novel about Katherine Parr; Mail on Sunday Editor Geordie Greig his encounters with Lucian Freud; Guardian fashion editor Lauren Cochrane the Ten Stories Behind the Fashion Classics; and Jonathan Aitken will reflect on a life that has experienced some incredible ups and downs. And, as they say, much much more besides…

In just a weeks’ time they look forward to welcoming what is probably our highest ever profile list of authors as we celebrate the 11th Petworth Festival Literary Week. In all there will be 38 events over the festival’s nine days and whilst we don’t expect too many people to catch every single one, you do have the opportunity additionally to watch almost all of them online as, bar a small handful, the online streaming and ‘catch up’ service will be available throughout the festival and for a further three weeks after, all the way until Sunday 28 November.

And whilst we have no doubt that ‘house full’ signs will be appearing for a number of our leading writers we’d hate for some fascinating events to slip under the radar. If you fancy digging your teeth into some of the most potent current affairs issues I’d have to recommend the events with Gavin Esler, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, and Luke Harding (talking respectively about the constitutional crisis in the UK, the issues surrounding the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign, and Putin’s Russia) or if history is your thing you should be able to feast on new books by Dan Jones, Loyd Grossman, and Max Egremont, and of course in the latter case we couldn’t be more delighted that Petworth Festival’s President will be joining us to talk about his latest oeuvre, The Glass Wall.

All details are of course available on the website – including specially filmed clips by some of our authors – but do please also note the events aimed at families and children – the Harry Potter Wand Making Workshop on Hallowe’en eve, and Listified on Saturday 6th November, the latter a fun-filled quiz about everything that matters to children – dinosaurs, volcanoes, sharks, insects and more.

We look forward to seeing you either online or in person. It should be memorable…

Stewart Collins, Artistic Director

View the brochure here and book now here

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