London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

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Events Archive

Giles Fraser, Chair: Richard Harries
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 6:30pm

Giles Fraser, priest, columnist, broadcaster and educator talks to Richard Harries about his upbringing as the child of a Christian-born mother and Jewish-born father, describing his faith, his passions, his politics, and his hopes and qualms for the future. A man of high principles, he nevertheless admits to time spent on the naughty step. 

Claudie Blakley, Ilan Goodman, Malcolm Sinclair, Alison Steadman, Narrator: Kenneth Cranham, Moderator: Michael Billington
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 5:00pm

An exhilarating event featuring 17 early works by Harold Pinter, comprising his essays, sketches and radio plays, displaying the variety and wit of Pinter’s extraordinary talent. Starring Claudie Blakely, Ilan Goodman, Malcolm Sinclair and Alison Steadman and narrated by Kenneth Cranham.

Liana Finck, Ezra Glinter, Chair: Boris Fishman
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 5:00pm

The renowned émigré newspaper, The Forward, was founded in New York at the end of the 19th century.

Dave Rich, Chair: Nick Cohen
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 5:00pm


Matti Friedman, Hugo Rifkind
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 3:30pm

In an astute and moving exposé of war’s futility – part memoir, part reportage –  award-winning writer and journalist Matti Friedman, in conversation with Hugo Rifkind recounts in his nonfiction work Pumpkinflowers the fate that befell an Israeli military outpost on the Lebanese borders in the 1990s.


The JBW Newsfeed

Jewish Book Week speakers Philippe Sands and Ayelet Gundar-Goshen have been chosen as joint winners of the JQ Wingate literary prize (worth £4,000)....
Friday, 24 February 2017
Rachel Tzvia Back received The Risa Domb/Porjes Prize and Natasha Lehrer won the Scott Moncrieff Prize at the award ceremony for the Society of...
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Congratulations to JBW 2017 speakers Sarah Moss and Adam Rutherford whose books The Tidal Zone and A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived...
Monday, 6 February 2017


David Grossman speaks with Mark Lawson at a special out-of-fesitval event.