London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

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Festival Archive

Jewish Book Week 2017

Saturday, 25 February 2017 to Sunday, 5 March 2017
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Events

02-25 Saturday

An Interview with James P Rubin
Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 7:00pm

This event took place on Saturday 25th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Comedy Question Time
Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 8:30pm

This event took place on Saturday 25th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017.

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02-26 Sunday

3 Books in 3 Photographs
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 11:00am

This event took place on Sunday 26th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Anne Sebba and Ariane Bois: The Women of Paris
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 11:00am

This event took place on 26th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event click here.

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Darian Leader and Emma Tarlo: Symbolic Bodies: Hands and Hair
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 11:00am

This event took place on Sunday 26th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Itamar Rabinovich: Yitzhak Rabin
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 12:30pm

This event took place on Sunday 26th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Claire Hajaj and Dorit Rabinyan: Border Love
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 12:30pm

This event took place on Sunday 26th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Ruth Gilligan and Simon Lewis: The Jews of Ireland
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 12:30pm

This event took place on Sunday 26th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Robin Lustig
Robin Lustig: Is Anything Happening?
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 2:00pm

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Sarit Yishai-Levi and Gerald Jacobs: Powerful Love Stories
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 2:00pm

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Elena Lappin: What Language Do I Dream In?
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 2:00pm

This event took place on Sunday 26th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Adina Hoffman & Ian Black: Till We Have Built Jerusalem
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 3:30pm

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Simon Mawer and Natasha Walter: Literary Espionage
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 3:30pm

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Shulem Deen and Rebecca Birk: All Who Go Do Not Return
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 3:30pm

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Howard Jacobson on the Writing of Howard Jacobson
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 5:00pm

 

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Azriel Bermant & Stephen Pollard: Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 5:00pm

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Roly Keating and Aviad Stollman: What's the Point of a Library in the Digital Age?
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 5:00pm

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Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front
Up Front: The Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front Hour
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 6:30pm

Bafta award-winning actor, Rebecca Front, and her script-writer and director brother, Jeremy Front, with whom she co-writes and performs Incredible Women, need no introduction.

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Avner Offer
Avner Offer and Will Hutton: The Nobel Factor
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 6:30pm

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David Abulafia and Philip Mansel: Aleppo
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 6:30pm

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Shaul Bassi, Paulo Gnignati, Jacqueline Nicholls and Aviad Stollman: Jewish Venice
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 8:00pm

This event took place on Saturday 25th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Maya Benton
Maya Benton: Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 8:00pm

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Jem Lester, Keith Stuart and Adam Feinstein: Fathers, Sons and Autism
Sunday, 26 February 2017 - 8:00pm

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02-27 Monday

My Dear Ones
Jonathan Wittenberg: My Dear Ones
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 1:00pm

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg interweaves the story of his family during the 1930s and 40s with the tragic unfolding of events in WW2 Europe. In a beautifully written narrative he describes some of his unique family and their fates.

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Jerzyk, Anthony Rudolph
Paul Bogdanor and Anthony Rudolf: Perpetrators and their Victims
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 2:30pm

In Jerzyk, Anthony Rudolf recounts the tragic story of his cousin, the only child suicide recorded in the archives of Yad Vashem.

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David Rieff and Simon Schama: In Praise of Forgetting
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 7:00pm

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Adam Rutherford & Rohan Silva: A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 7:00pm

This event took place on Monday 27th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Gideon Rachman: Is this the Asian Century?
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 8:30pm

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Deborah Levy and Elif Shafak: Hot Fiction
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 8:30pm

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02-28 Tuesday

Maureen Lipman
Maureen Lipman On and Off the Stage
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 1:00pm

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From Yellow Star to Pop Star, Dorit Oliver-Wolff
Rosa Lipworth and Dorit Oliver-Wolff The Refusal to be Vanquished
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 2:30pm

Refusing to be defined by the tragic events of WW2, two remarkable women reveal their inimitable life stories.

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Mark Lawson and Jonathan Freedland: The Allegations
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 7:00pm

Derived from his personal experiences at the BBC, Mark Lawson’s new novel is a page-turning satire on the aftershocks of damning allegations.

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Tim Marshall: Worth Dying For?
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 7:00pm

This event took place on Tuesday 28th February 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.

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Michael Rosen: The Disappearance of Émile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 8:30pm

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Lewis Jones and Paloma Strelitz: Assemble, Turner Prize Winners 2015
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 8:30pm

In 2015, London collective Assemble became the first architecture studio to receive the prestigious Turner Prize. Assemble – a team of 18 young architects and designers – won the award for their innovative Toxteth housing estate regeneration project.

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03-1 Wednesday

Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe
Heidi Kingstone: Dispatches from the Kabul Cafe
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 1:00pm

Canadian-born foreign correspondent Heidi Kingstone has interviewed many key international figures, from Benjamin Netanyahu to Zaha Hadid to Daniel Liebeskind.

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Barbara Honigmann
Barbara Honigmann: Introducing Barbara Honigmann
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 2:30pm

Barbara Honigmann is Germany’s foremost Jewish writer and the recipient of multiple awards. Author, journalist, theatre director and artist, her work explores the complexities associated with being a Jew in post-WW2 Germany.

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Anthony Lester and Joshua Rozenberg: Five Ideas to Fight For
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 7:00pm

Human Rights ― Equality ― Free Speech ― Privacy ― The Rule of Law

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Dan Cruickshank: Spitalfields: The History of a Nation in a Handful of Streets
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 7:00pm

Religious strife, civil conflict, waves of immigration, the rise and fall of industry, great prosperity and grinding poverty – the handful of streets that constitute modern Spitalfields have witnessed all this and more. In a fascinating evocation of one of London’s most distinctive districts,

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Lisa Leff and Hannah Rothschild: The Archive Thief
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 7:00pm

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski appropriated tens of thousands of documents from Nazi buildings in Berlin and, later, from public archives and private synagogues in France, moving them all, illicitly, to New York.

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Malcolm Rifkind: Power and Pragmatism
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 8:30pm

Sir Malcolm Rifkind talks to broadcaster Iain Dale about his absorbing life-story.

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Martin Gayford: A History of Pictures
Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - 8:30pm

Juxtaposing a rich variety of images Martin Gayford, in conversation with Jan Dalley, arts editor of the FT, offers a dazzling and original account of art history, posing fascinating questions about the nature of art and artistic creation. A History of Pictures is the result of Gayford's collaboration with David Hockney to explore how and why pictures have been made? Their artistic journey takes them from the Lascaux cave drawings to state-of-the-art computer imagery. Why are we so preoccupied with making marks on a flat surface, and why do we find them so captivating? How do you show movement in a still picture, and how do films and television connect with old masters? What are the ways in which time and space can be condensed into a static image? What do pictures show – truth or lies? Do photographs present the world as we experience it? The answer they come up with are every bit as exhilarating as their questions. 

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03-2 Thursday

Rabbi I Have A Problem
Naftali Brawer and Jonathan Romain: Rabbi, I Have a Problem
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 1:00pm

Bring all your questions, puzzles and dilemmas for the experts to grapple with in a truly interactive event.

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Both Sides of the Bench
Barrington Black & Michael Freedland: Men of the World, Men of the Word
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 2:30pm

Mr Justice Barrington Black was one of the UK’s best-known criminal defence lawyers.

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Sebastian Mallaby: Alan Greenspan - The Man Who Knew
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 7:00pm

Winner of the 2016 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, Sebastian Mallaby’s biography of this titan of finance brilliantly renders the subtlety and complexity of Greenspan’s legacy in a gripping account of high-octane political infighting, hard hitt

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Bettany Hughes and Peter Frankopan: Sailing to Byzantium
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 7:00pm

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle.

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Daniel Finkelstein and Jonathan Freedland in Conversation
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 8:30pm

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Susan Greenfield: A Day in the Life of the Brain
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 8:30pm

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03-4 Saturday

New Drama: A Walk With Mr Heifetz
Saturday, 4 March 2017 - 8:00pm

Palestine, 1925. A celebrated visitor, an eccentric genius, a future leader...and music that sings of dreams and destinies, of life, and death.

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The Big Debate: The Wild West... Boom or Bust?
Saturday, 4 March 2017 - 8:00pm

The arrival of President Trump and the threat of Europe's so-called alt-right are already having far-reaching implications around the world.

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03-5 Sunday

Robert Winston: Fertility and Changing Our Genes
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 11:00am

History shows that humans are obsessed with their genes. Does the sequencing of the human genome really herald a new opportunity for medicine? Is there a darker side that we ignore?

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Haim Shapira: How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our Lives
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 11:00am

Using a grand piano as his prop, Haim Shapira explores the interplay between happiness and game theory in his contemplation of an eclectic range of theories.

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Alexandra Harris and Rachel Lichtenstein: Testaments to Constancy and Change
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 11:00am

In Weatherland, Alexandra Harris’s subject is not the weather itself but the weather as it is daily recreated in the human imagination.

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Lady Antonia Fraser: A Little-Known Chapter in her Life with Harold Pinter
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 12:30pm

In May 1978, the award-winning biographer Lady Antonia Fraser and celebrated playwright Harold Pinter boarded a flight destined for Tel Aviv. Antonia Fraser’s chronicle of their trip is now published for the first time.

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Boris Fishman and Sana Krasikov: Russian America; American Russia
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 12:30pm

Boris Fishman and Sana Krasikov, originally from the former USSR, are two of America’s finest writers of fiction.

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Sarah Kaminsky: A Forger's Life
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 12:30pm

This is the gripping true story of Adolfo Kaminsky who, narrowly escaping deportation to Auschwitz, was recruited as a teenager to join the Jewish underground.

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Linda Grant and Sarah Moss: Feisty Fictions
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 2:00pm

Linda’s Grant’s sparkling new novel, The Dark Circle, is set in 1950, two years into the NHS, revolving around a TB sanatorium in the Kent countryside, where the East End Lynsky twins are the only Jews.

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Dora Reisser and Henry Goodman: Dora's Story
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 2:00pm

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Marcus du Sautoy and Robert Winston: What We Cannot Know
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 2:00pm

Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, scientist Robert Winston and Rabbi Raphael Zarum explore the limits of human knowledge to probe whether there is anything we truly cannot know.

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Ken Rogoff and Andrew Haldane: The Curse of Cash
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 3:30pm

One of the world’s leading economists, Harvard Professor and chess grandmaster, Kenneth Rogoff, makes a persuasive case for ridding the world of high value paper money.

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Matti Friedman: Pumpkinflowers - A Soldier's Story
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 militar

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Joanna Weinberg and Philip Alexander: Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 3:30pm

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Voices from Pinterland
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.

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Dave Rich: The Left's Jewish Problem
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 5:00pm

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Liana Finck and Ezra Glinter: Have I Got A Story For You…
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 5:00pm

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

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Stanley Price: James Joyce and Italo Svevo - The Story of a Friendship
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 6:30pm

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Giles Fraser: Not Chosen
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.

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Avner Offer: Burn Mark: A Photographic Memoir of the Six Day War
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 6:30pm

This extraordinary work, assembled in 1968 by Avner Offer – Oxford Professor of Economic History and a former soldier in the Six-Day War – is now published for the first time.

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Bernard-Henri Lévy: L'Esprit du Judaïsme
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 8:00pm

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The George Webber Memorial Evening

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Poetry and Jazz in Concert with Jacqui Dankworth, Oli Hayhurst, Maureen Lipman, Jeremy Robson, Art Themen and Charlie Wood
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 8:00pm

A lively evening of jazz, blues, poetry and classic melodies featuring Jacqui Dankworth, Oli Hayhurst, Jeremy Robson, Art Themen and Charlie Wood.

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Richard Aronowitz and John Steinberg: Fiction of Guilt and Identity
Sunday, 5 March 2017 - 8:00pm

John Steinberg’s Blue Skies Over Berlin is a moving and thought-provoking book about guilt and identity, featuring a young German woman who moves to London from war-ravaged Berlin in 1956.

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