Afternoon Tea with Diana Evans & Rachel Joyce

Sun 23 Apr 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

diana evans and rachel joyce
Alex Clark
afternoon tea
a house for alice diana evans
Film Harry Fry
The unlikely pilgrimage of harry fry

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.

Tables will be arranged in groups of 10, with seats allocated. There will be a seat plan upon arrival.

Benefactor & Patron complimentary tickets cannot be redeemed against events at the University Arms.

Venue: University Arms

Duration: 1hr 30mins

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Author biography

Diana Evans is the author of the novels 26a, The Wonder and Ordinary People. She was the inaugural winner of the Orange Award for New Writers and was nominated for the Whitbread First Novel, the Guardian First Book and the Commonwealth Best First Book awards. Ordinary People won the 2019 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, and also received a nomination for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction. Her journalism appears in Time magazine, the Guardian, Vogue and the Financial Times. She lives in London.

Rachel Joyce is the award-winning author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The Music Shop and Miss Benson’s Beetle, as well as a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. 

Chair biography

Alex Clark is a broadcaster and journalist, who writes for many publications including the Guardian, the Observer and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a co-host on the Graham Norton Book Club for Audible and hosts the TLS podcast. She is a professional chairperson and appears all over the UK at Cheltenham, Hay and the Southbank Centre. Alex is a festival honorary patron.