Festival 2019 Saturday 02 March - Sunday 10 March | Tickets now on sale

Alex Clark

Alex Clark is a literary journalist and broadcaster who writes for The Guardian and The Observer. She makes regular appearances on BBC Radio 4, chairs numerous literary events and is an experienced judge of literary awards.

A Weekend in New York
Paul Essinger, a tennis professional in his 30s, is about to play his final US Open. The bookies give him 1,200-1 odds on winning the title. Anxiety-ridden, comically unaware and boiling with tension, each member of the Essinger family — Paul included — is painfully trying to unpick an idea of themselves from the tableau of upper-middle-class life they present. Reflecting on their German-Jewish ancestry, Essinger senior ruefully ascribes their good fortune to ‘immigrants’ luc...
Voices on the Page

Critically-acclaimed memoirist and author Alba Arikha joins poet and translator Yvonne Green in an exploration of how the literary voice represents the multiplicity of the Jewish experience. They tackle identity, nationhood, family and literary form in a wide-ranging discussion of the voices, people and ideas that are represented in their work.

Shylock is My Name
Written with Howard Jacobson’s customary originality, energy and wit, Shylock is My Name is the Man Booker Prize-winner’s profound and provocative re-telling of The Merchant of Venice in a contemporary setting. Howard Jacobson talks to the Guardian’s Alex Clark about his interpretation of Shylock’s story, asking what it means to be a father, a Jew and a merciful human being in the modern world. We are delighted that ...