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Afternoon Tea with Diana Evans & Rachel Joyce

Afternoon Tea with Diana Evans & Rachel Joyce at University Arms

  • 23rd April 2023 - 23rd April 2023
  • 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join host Alex Clark for the highs and lows of love, loss and life with two of our finest contemporary novelists. Award-winning novelist Diana Evans, who first appeared at the festival in 2007 with her debut, discusses her latest, A House for Alice. Completing our tea-time trio is Rachel Joyce, ahead of the release of a major film based on her book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, for which she also wrote the screenplay, and which stars Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton. Rachel will also be talking about the final novel in the Harold Fry trilogy, Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North.

The signature University Arms Afternoon Tea is included in the ticket price and offers a delicious selection of savouries & sweets. The event will take place in the Ballroom at the University Arms.


  • Accessibility Guide
  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Cloakroom facilities
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Fitness Centre
  • Luggage storage
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • WI-FI

Accessibility Facilities

  • Accessibility Guide
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Audio description and touch tours
  • Designated wheelchair public toilet
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

Did you know?

In 1958, a group of engineering students managed to hoist an Austin Seven car onto the roof of Senate House, with the help of some clever calculations. It took the university a week to remove it – and will surely go down in history as one of the boldest student pranks ever!