Petworth Literary Festival award for staff member

Angela being presented with her award by Petworth Festival's Artistic Director Stewart Collins.CONTRIBUTED PICTURE
Angela being presented with her award by Petworth Festival's Artistic Director Stewart Collins.CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

PETWORTH Festival’s exceptional year has ended on a high with a hugely successful five day Literary ‘weekend’ and an unexpected bonus.

A national award was made to one of the festival’s hardest working team members, Angela Azis.

On what has been a watershed year for the festival, artistic director Stewart Collins said: “It’s been a great thrill to all of us to see how well our events have been supported by audiences.

“The Literary Weekend has simply been astonishing, from a standing start back in 2011 we are now attracting the most heavy-weight and mainstream of authors. Having Lord Egremont interview the nation’s foremost biographer Philip Ziegler and literary doyenne Lady Antonia Fraser was an extraordinary pleasure and privilege.”

The end of the Literary Festival also coincided with the announcement of national awards made within the festival world.

Remarkably for an event that now rubs shoulders with the likes of Brighton, Edinburgh 
and Cheltenham Festivals, an award for ‘exceptional service’ was made to festival board member and 
volunteer co-ordinator Angela Azis.

Angela’s citation reflected her ‘tireless work in putting the festival on’ together with her ‘unstinting good humour and commitment to the local community’.