Skip to main content
16 March 2024

‘Troublemakers’: Alumni Association Lunch and Lecture with Rowan Pelling

St Hugh’s alumni, Fellows and students, and their guests, are warmly invited to the Association’s annual Lunch and Lecture on 16 March 2024, 12.30pm-2.30pm. This year’s speaker will be the journalist, broadcaster and editor Rowan Pelling (English Language and Literature, 1987), who will share her reflections on the theme of ‘Troublemakers’ – scroll down to find out more!


From Barbara Castle to Aung San Suu Kyi to Rachel Trickett, St Hugh’s has sent troublemakers out into the world – difficult, often stubborn women (and, after 1987, men) who have been unafraid to do things their way. Rowan Pelling reflects on how this awkward-squad legacy influenced her life, why women can be more penalised than men for ‘trouble’ – and why troublemaking is vital in journalism and literature.

Book Display

In collaboration with the St Hugh’s Library, the Association will be curating a display of a small selection of books by and about members of the St Hugh’s community. Separately, attendees are warmly invited to bring along a copy of any of their own recently published works which they would like to share with other guests on the day. Please indicate on the booking form if you plan to do so.

Booking information

*Please note that this event is now fully booked. Please email the Development Team on to be added to the waiting list. 

Standard tickets are £15. Students are eligible to book a discounted ticket at £5 (please note that guest tickets are charged at the standard rate). All tickets include a cold buffet lunch and drinks (a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options will be available).

Rowan Pelling (English Language and Literature, 1987)

Rowan Pelling is a journalist, broadcaster and editor. She co-edits Perspective, an offbeat, centrist current affairs and arts magazine and writes regular articles for The Daily Telegraph and Independent. She was brought up in a pub and went to a school for daughters of missionaries, before working at Private Eye and going on to found The Erotic Review and Amorist magazines. In 2004 she was a Booker Prize judge.

About the Alumni Association

Established in 1926, the Association works alongside the St Hugh’s Development Team to promote continuing contact amongst alumni and with the College, drawing on a shared experience of friendship and scholarly adventure first encountered as students at St Hugh’s. The current President of the Association is Sam Tolley (Zoology, 1987).


Everyone who matriculates at St Hugh’s is automatically a member of the Association from the date of matriculation, unless they are subsequently sent down or they do not complete their course. The Principal and Fellows of St Hugh’s College are also members. Members of the JCR and MCR are encouraged to participate in Association activities while they are students.

Book a Ticket

We're sorry, but all tickets sales have ended because the event is expired.
Debit and Credit card payments are processed through our PayPal account. You do not need to be registered with PayPal to complete this transaction.