The first session of Jewish Book Week 2003 presented an unforgettable celebration of the wealth of writing to come out of the East End and Hackney in the middle decades of the 20th century.
In ‘Publisher Sans Frontières’ renowned actors Samuel West and Catherine Kanter thrilled the audience with readings of a selection of English translations of Hebrew and Arabic literature.
Hephzibah Anderson, Michael Joseph and Anne Sebba, chaired by Gerald Jacobs discussed the highlights and lowlights in Jewish writing since JBW 2002.
Four interfaith activists discussed the imperative for dialogue with 'The Other'.
Isaac Babel, Peretz Markish and Boris Pasternak were among the greatest Russian writers of the 20th century. Markish wrote in Yiddish, Babel and Pasternak in Russian. All were persecuted by Stalin: Babel and Markish were executed; only Pasternak survived.
Anthony Horowitz has carved out a name as one of the most popular novelists for young people in the UK, in particular with his creation of a teenage James Bond-like character called Alex Rider.
What is the attraction of poker to writers like Al Alvarez, Patrick Marber and Victoria Coren? Is it the thrill of taking risks? Does it offer them new insights into the human condition? Is there anything particularly Jewish about a love of poker and gambling?
Visual or physical disability need not be a barrier to pursuing the love of books. In a new partnership, the Jewish Braille Institute of America and Jewish Care's KC Shasha Centre have cooperated to launch an extraordinary range of work on tape by Jewish writers and on Jewish themes.
In this intense session, psychologist Oliver James and writer Mark Glanville explored how early experience and family dynamics impact on identity, and looked at the different ways they approach the question of Jewish identity.
In this session, David Daniell, biographer of William Tyndale, gave a highly entertaining introduction to how Hebrew entered the English Bible through the work of William Tyndale in the 16th century.
In this session, Tom Segev discussed his book of the same name with Jonathan Freedland.
Michal Bat Adam, in conversation with Eilat Negev, explored the relationship between her life and her work as a writer and film maker.
Israeli writer and journalist Eilat Negev penetrated behind the public image of major Israeli writers.
This session marked the first appearance in Britain by Meir Wieseltier, widely considered to be one of Israel's finest living poets. His zestful, earthy poetry has been shaped to a large extent by the character of the sprawling, Mediterranean city of Tel Aviv where he has lived since 1955.
Are science and religion always destined to come into conflict? What are the ethical implications of new developments in biology and medicine? How should halachah respond to this brave new world?
In this absorbing and brilliant session, Eva Hoffman explored the extraordinary narratives of two authors, their complex relationships with the women in their families and their different ways of coming to terms with a troubled and tragic past.
In this session, the Chief Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks marked the launch of The Chief Rabbi’s Haggadah with a characteristic display of intellectual vibrancy and eloquence.
Do Jews have a particular responsibility to enact Tikkun olam, healing the world?
Richard Evans in conversation with Anthony Julius discussed how the legal system and the courtroom shape our knowledge and understanding of Holocaust history.
Renowned Texan Jew, Kinky Friedman, came to fame as the leader of the outrageous country and western band, The Texas Jewboys.
Alona Kimchi was born in 1968 in Russia and came to Israel with her family in 1972. Her two books in Ivrit have won many awards; this is the first to be translated into English.
“I think it is so important to write about the person, to redeem the person there and to remind us writers and readers that life is so much more complicated than the cliché that we are trapped in now.
To mark the launch of their new education pack Making a Difference: Promoting Race Equality in Secondary Schools, Youth Groups and Adult Education - a Jewish Perspective, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality held a panel discussion at Jewish Book Week on the theme of ‘Making A Differen
Hitler, wrote Theodor Adorno, imposed a 'new categorical imperative on humankind to arrange thoughts and actions so that Auschwitz will not repeat itself.' Josh Cohen’s book Interrupting Auschwitz: Art, Religion, Philosophy is a sustained exploration of what this might mean.
In Britain, Dutch Jewish literature has often been perceived as beginning and ending with The Diary of Anne Frank. ‘Double Dutch’ presented an insight into the neglected world of Dutch Jewry by highlighting one of the Netherlands' most prominent writers.
In a lively and good-natured session, Norman Lebrecht, novelist and one of Britain's best known commentators on classical music, discussed with Steven Isserlis, renowned concert cellist and composer, the elusive relationship between the experience of music and the language employed to write about
In this session, Peter Florence discussed literature and celebrity with America’s newest literary wunderkind. Jonathan Safran Foer's debut novel, Everything is Illuminated, tells of a journey to Eastern Europe made by a college student, also named Jonathan Safran Foer.
In a light-hearted and often hilarious finale to Book Week 2003, Howard Jacobson, acclaimed novelist and master of irreverent comedy, revealed to Vanessa Feltz the Jewish books he would take with him to that mythical desert island.
Sunday 9 March was the final day of Jewish Book Week 2003. The main festival ran from 1 to 9 March at London's Royal National Hotel. More than 40 challenging and entertaining speakers took part in 28 sessions, presenting arguments and many different points of view.