The celebrated literary festival returns with a packed programme of debates, talks, and entertainment. Topics range from Karl Marx to fashion and from sleep to antisemitism. Discuss ageing with Camilla Cavendish, hear a philosopher on learning from the Germans’ post-war reflections, enjoy poetry and live music.
Family Day 2nd Feb
Jewish Book Week kicks off on 2nd February with a special family day featuring your children’s favourite authors, including Michael Rosen, plus discover which animal produces the most slime in a special science workshop for kids.
Jewish Book Week 29th Feb – 8th Mar
Then in March, the festival resumes with nine days of stimulating talks, debates, music and live performances from exceptional authors, artists and thinkers. Delve into current affairs, history, philosophy, music and film, with speakers including Douglas Murray, Melanie Phillips, Philippe Sands, Adam Gopnik, Elif Shafak, Tom Bower, Marcus Du Sautoy, Emma Barnett, Rachel Johnson, Tom Segev, Howard Jacobson, Simon Schama, A.B. Yehoshua, Camilla Cavendish, Norman Lebrecht, Gavin Esler, Sue MacGregor, Martin Rees, and Andrew Robinson.
Here are some of the highlights for the last weekend
10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World is a discussion with Elif Shafak (Dubbed ‘one of the best writers in the world today’ by author Hanif Kureishi) about her latest novel. Sat 7 Mar, 7.15pm
Wordy: The Show – renowned writer, journalist, broadcaster and TV presenter Simon Schama finds out how he got to be so wordy, with music, stories and some really embarrassing photos. Sat 7 Mar, 9pm
Einstein on the Run tells the story of how the world’s greatest scientist escaped the Nazis and began a long and fruitful relationship with Britain. Sun 8 Mar, 2pm
The World According to Physics – using wonderful examples and thought-provoking analogies, BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific host Jim Al-Khalili shines a light on the most profound insights revealed by modern physics. Sun 8 Mar, 5pm
The Hollywood Songbook – acclaimed singer Claire Martin and her band perform some of Hollywood’s greatest hits with compere, Robert ‘Judge’ Rinder. Sun 8 Mar, 8.15pm
‘Under 30s’ tickets are available. SAVE 15% when you book three-plus Jewish Book Week events. More info and tickets at the Kings Place website.