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London’s longest-running literary festival, previously Jewish Book Week, returns to Kings Place from 2-10 March under its new name, the Jewish Literary Foundation presents Book Week.

The festival features Jewish themes and writers and is open to everyone.

Join us for 90 conversations, performances, debates, workshops and talks covering art, fiction, film, history, music, politics, science, sport and much more. The line-up includes David Baddiel, Elif Shafak, Nicholas Hytner, Sarah Bernstein, Simon Schama, Hadley Freeman, Lemn Sissay, Maureen Lipman, Yascha Mounk, Emma Barnett, Howard Jacobson and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

The festival offers 14 free events, £5 tickets for under-30s and a great value Digipass encompassing all 16 online-only events.

Book Week 24 is presented by the Jewish Literary Foundation

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Book Week - £5 ‘Under 30s’ tickets available
A limited number of £5 tickets are available for attendees aged under 30. Please select the 'Under 30s' ticket option during the booking pathway (if the option is not there, this means all 'Under 30s' tickets have sold out). Please note that proof of ID may be requested at the venue.

Lemn Sissay: Let the Light Pour In

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PEN Pinter Prize winner and Sunday Times bestseller Lemn Sissay comes to Book Week for the first time to perform the best of the witty, wonder-filled short poems he composes at the break of dawn.

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Being Jewish in Modern Britain

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Emma Barnett, Sally Berkovic, Howard Jacobson and Hugo Rifkind on being Jewish in Britain today.

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Live Relay: Being Jewish in Modern Britain

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Emma Barnett, Sally Berkovic, Howard Jacobson and Hugo Rifkind on being Jewish in Britain today.

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Burton & Taylor

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From romance to recrimination, Erotic Vagrancy: Everything About Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor biographer Roger Lewis joins Tanya Gold to discuss one of the most iconic relationships of the 20th century.

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Adi Toch: Place to Place

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Acclaimed metal artist Adi Toch on her unique commission from the V&A.

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Genesis Emerging Writers 2024

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The culmination of our Emerging Writers Programme in partnership with the Genesis Foundation, covering fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

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Torah & Tradition in an Age of Doubt

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Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum discusses his reasoned responses to some of Judaism's most challenging questions of belief, science and ethics with writer Devorah Baum.

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What is Jewish History For?

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Acclaimed historians Simon Schama, Jonathan Brent and Miri Rubin explore the importance of studying Jewish history.

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Jewish Dimensions of the War in Ukraine

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For centuries, Ukraine was at the center of the Jewish world. It was the heartland of Hasidism, Zionism and modern Jewish literature, from Sholem Aleichem to Hayim Nahman Bialik.

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Kindertransport and Beyond

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Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, rescued by Nicholas Winton, joins educator Trudy Gold and the authors of The Kindertransport: What Really Happened and Child Migrant Voices in Modern Britain.

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Nicholas Hytner in Conversation

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Sir Nicholas joins fellow Olivier-winner Elliot Levey to reflect on an extraordinary stage and screen career, from Miss Saigon and The Madness of King George to running the National and co-founding The Bridge.

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The State of Desire

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Cultural anthropologist Lea Taragin-Zeller explores the conflict between the Israeli state’s attempts to discourage large families and Orthodox Jews’ traditional practices. As the state’s desire to cultivate a high-income, tech-centred nation comes into greater conflict

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Elif Shafak & Sarah Bernstein

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Two of today’s most vital and highly regarded writers, together for the first time.

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Good for a Single Journey

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​​​​​​​Educator Helen Joyce discusses her novel based on her own family’s experiences, within the fabric of 20th-century Jewish history.

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Marcus du Sautoy: Around the World in 80 Games

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Oxford’s Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science returns to the festival with his gleeful exploration of the games we love, spanning millennia and continents.

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Philippe Sands: Lviv Then & Now

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The East West Street author joins award-winning photographer Diana Matar to discuss City of Lions, two essays about the Ukrainian city separated by 70 years.

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Frederic Raphael - Last Post

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The novelist, biographer and Oscar-winning screenwriter shares stories of Stanley Kubrick, John Schlesinger, Somerset Maugham and more with Mark Glanville.

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Jewish Flavours of Italy

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Silvia Nacamulli takes us on a culinary journey of Italy, mixing over 100 Kosher recipes with family stories and practical tips.

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Book Week 24 Keynote: Simon Schama

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One of the JLF's most popular speakers returns with a special event reflecting on his world-renowned work as a historian, broadcaster and academic.

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Woman in Art: Helen Rosenau

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Art historians Griselda Pollock and Jaś Elsner look at the work of Helen Rosenau 80 years after the publication of her seminal Woman in Art: From Type to Personality.

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Art Monsters

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Lauren Elkin and Hettie Judah explore how feminist artists have confronted the problem of how to tell the truth about their experiences as bodies.

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Dannie Abse Centenary Celebration

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Jeremy Robson & Maureen Lipman are joined by poets, friends and family in an entertaining centenary celebration or the much-loved writer.

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Horror Movies in Israel

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Professor Olga Gershenson explores the birth and blossoming of Israeli-made horror films over the last decade.

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