Petworth Festival Literary Week runs 30th Oct to 7th Nov (with many events available to view on demand until 28 Nov)

“There is something incredibly special about hearing a well-known author – or even a not-so-well-known author – talking about their latest oeuvre”, says Stewart Collins, Petworth Festival Literary Week’s Artistic Director. “There have been so many wins from our previous literary weeks, but I don’t think I ever quite appreciated what a privileged opportunity we get when someone of Sebastian Faulks’ or Joan Bakewell’s stature comes to the festival and talks in detail and intimately about their lives, passions and – of course – their latest books.”

And that, of course is exactly what will be happening in Petworth come the end of October. Between Saturday 30th October and Sunday 7th November, audiences will have nearly 40 opportunities to meet in person (and online) a huge range of authors that also includes Gyles Brandreth, Alison Weir, Jeffrey Archer, Tessa Dunlop with Joyce Wilding and historian Dan Jones. Whether it’s autobiography, discussing the science of weather, illuminating the life and discoveries surrounding Tutankhamun, or the shocking history of chemical and biological warfare, the Petworth Festival Literary Week promises a fascinating addition to anyone’s diary at that otherwise dreariest time of year.’

The full programme was announced and the box office opened on Saturday 2nd October. See the programme here or visit

To win one of two pairs of tickets to see Gyles Brandreth at Seaford College on Sunday 31st October at 2.30pm, please enter here.


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