From our Artistic Director

Thank you to everyone who attended, supported or indeed spoke at the recent literary festival: it was a hugely memorable week with remarkable events right across the board. It's never easy to pick highlights as there were genuinely two or three on each of the nine days of the festival, but I personally shall never forget the sessions with David Whitehouse talking about Apollo 11, Amelia Gentleman exposing the detail of the Windrush Scandal, Tristram Hunt's inspirational introduction to all that is the 21st century V&A, and David Suchet talking about his extraordinary career. But I'm sure everyone who attended will have their own top four... Once again audience records were broken, and once again our partnership with the Petworth Bookshop - not to mention our many many partners who helped and supported the week - made for a winning combination.
Do please put next year's dates in the diary... 24 October to 1 November. And of course summer 2020 also beckons with the 42nd edition of the Petworth Festival itself (14 July - 1 August). Plans for an exceptionally exciting summer programme are being finalised even as this is written in early November, so save those dates. We look forward to crossing paths with you again! Stewart Collins