‘We are London’s longest-running literary festival – and one of the oldest anywhere in the world. We’ve grown from a four-day book fair with lectures in 1952, to some 90 conversations, performances, talks, workshops and debates in-person and online across nine days. Now, we also celebrate our rich literary tradition with a free digital archive of previous events; encourage emerging writers with programmes and prizes across children’s literature, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and translation; and nurture the next generation of readers with our work in schools.
So today we become the Jewish Literary Foundation, to better represent our ever-growing range of activities, both in-person and online. And as we enter our 73rd year the foundation’s flagship festival becomes simply Book Week, as we invite everyone to join us from 2-10 March at Kings Place – our much-loved London home since 2012 – and online wherever you are. We will be revealing the full line-up and going on sale next Thursday (11 January) but can promise a packed programme of game-changing conversations, unique performances, nuanced debates, inspiring workshops and enlightening talks. This year we welcome, among many others, comedians, cricketers, film-makers, history-makers, podcasters, poets, scientists, singers – and hopefully you too!’
Director of the Jewish Literary Foundation
The Book Week 24 programme will be announced on Thursday 11 January. Visit kingsplace.co.uk for tickets and more information from that date.