University Arms hotel, Cambridge is proud to partner with the Cambridge Literary Festival for Winter 2022. The partnership will see the hotel host a series of events with notable names in the literary world and, for the first time, offer CLF guests the legendary hospitality it is known for. From co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Kate Mosse to Sarah Vaughan, author of Netflix hit series Anatomy of a Scandal, the events will be held in the beautiful and historic hotel and guests will be able to indulge in delicious foodie treats throughout.

Taking place from Thursday 17 – Sunday 21 November, the Cambridge Literary Festival’s events are held in some of the city’s most iconic University venues and the five events at University Arms are a key aspect of the Winter 2022 programme. Led by acclaimed authors such as Ian McEwan, activists (Travis Alabanza/Shon Faye), celebrity memoirs (eg. Hugh Bonneville, Abi Morgan, Jarvis Cocker), food-writers (Nadiya Hussain) and more, the festival invites the culturally curious to in-depth conversations with notable personalities including an intimate lunch hosted by Alex Clark in conversation with Jill Dawson and Sarah Vaughan, ‘Literary Soiree’ with Kate Mosse, award-winning screenwriter Abi Morgan and others still to be announced hosted by Alex Clark, as well as a playful evening quiz compered by quizmaster extraordinaire, Frank Paul.

One of Cambridge’s most historic hotels, University Arms is closely associated with the city’s rich literary culture. Each of the guest rooms includes a stack of books chosen from a range of genres and every suite is complete with its own private library, helping to create a quintessential Cambridge experience. Downstairs, the elegant wood-panelled library homage to Cambridge’s academic heritage and is curated by Heywood Hill, one of London’s leading bookshops. The Literary Festival events form part of the hotel’s wider cultural programme, which invites guests and locals to events that explore the arts, literature, history, science and politics.

Philip Greer, Commercial Director at University Arms says, ‘With our roots firmly in Cambridge’s history, arts and culture, we are proud to be partnered with the Cambridge Literary Festival. The seasonal festival is an important event in the city’s cultural calendar, and we are delighted to play host to some of the literary world’s most highly regarded personalities. During the Winter festival, we hope to blend our love for literature with warm hospitality through a series of playful, engaging events complemented by our warm hospitality…” 

Cathy Moore, Festival Director: “Our winter festival is always a bright light of the winter season. The University Arms hotel has proved a delightful addition to our list of exquisite venues in the city. This year, more than ever, our rich burst of art and culture will, we hope provide respite, diversion, explanation, solace, and joy”.

Highlight events from the 2022 Winter Festival programme hosted at University Arms include:
Literary Lunch with Sarah Vaughan & Jill Dawson, Saturday 20th November at 12noon
University Arms plays host to a Literary Lunch, a two-course meal with a glass of wine and a conversation between two acclaimed novelists Jill Dawson and Sarah Vaughan (author of Netflix hit series Anatomy of a Scandal), in conversation with Alex Clark.

Alex Clark's Literary Soiree, Saturday 20th November at 8pm
A ‘Literary Soiree’ hosted by broadcaster and journalist Alex Clark, will see Kate Mosse (co-founder of the Women’s Prize for Fiction) join Abi Morgan (screenwriter The Iron Lady, Shame, Suffragette & BBC series The Split) as well as other names yet to be announced, for a conversational event.  Refreshments are available at the bar.

Breakfast with the Editors, Sunday 21st November at 10am
Flick through the Sunday papers with New Statesman editor Jason Cowley and his team at ‘Breakfast with the Editors’ on Sunday morning. Tea/Coffee and croissant included.

Writer’s Afternoon Tea, Sunday 21st November at 4pm
Enjoy an indulgent Afternoon Tea with a household name soon to be announced.

Frank Paul's 12 Quizzes of Christmas, Sunday 21st November at 8pm
The finale promises a lot of fun. Taking place in the hotel’s beautiful ballroom, quizmaster extraordinaire Frank Paul will round off the festival weekend with a playful quiz event.

HOW: Tickets to Cambridge Literary Festival events are priced from £12 per person. Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 10am on Thurs 1 Sept 2022, General Sale opens 10am Mon 5 Sept 2022. To book tickets please visit: / @university_arms

About University Arms
University Arms is a landmark hotel located in the historic heart of Cambridge, overlooking Parker's Piece. Since its opening in 1834, the University Arms hotel has played an important role in the history of the city. In 1848, in the shadows of the hotel, the defining rules of football were invented by locals playing on Parker’s Piece. The hotel has always been innovative and was the first hotel in the city to have electricity, and lavatories on each floor, while in 1904 the owner made the risky decision to convert the stable yard into a garage due to the increasing popularity of the motorcar. After a two-year, £80m transformation, the hotel reopened in 2018 and the literary and academic spirit of Cambridge is one of its defining characteristics. Home to 190 beautifully and ‘playfully’ designed suites, its own curated library and a deliciously indulgent restaurant, Parker’s Tavern, headed up by Chef Tristan Welch. The restaurant is inspired by the communal dining halls synonymous with Cambridge Colleges and is an English tavern serving locally sourced, seasonal food, with every dish designed to be a whimsical re-imagining of a British classic, sourced from field, fen and England’s seas.  

About Cambridge Literary Festival
Cambridge Literary Festival has been running since 2003 and presents two festivals each year plus one-off events. Baillie Gifford and The Technology Partnership (TTP) are principal supporters, the New Statesman its national media partner and the London Review of Books Bookshop is the online book seller. 2021 saw a new partnership with University Arms hotel. CLF is a registered charity no.1153944 and received an Arts Council England Culture Recovery Fund Grant.