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

Sam Leith

Sam Leith is literary editor at The Spectator and a columnist at The Financial Times and Prospect. His work appears in The Guardian, The Times and the TLS among others.

Evolutions: Fifteen Myths that Explain our World
Evolutions, ‘a breath-taking race through the immense scope of time and space that is our universe’, brings to life the latest scientific thinking on the birth of the universe and the solar system, our journey from a single cell to the intricate complexities of the human mind. Reawakening our sense of wonder and terror at the world around us and within us, Oren Harman uses modern science to create new and original mythologies. Book this event with Modernists & Mavericks...
The Creation of a Female Writer
Is the novel an inherently feminine form? And is it a distinctive thing to be a female novelist or is that in itself a misogynistic idea? Focusing on the writing that best illustrates their careers, Tracy Chevalier, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen and Fay Weldon — with literary critic and token male Sam Leith — explore these and other questions such as: where do the voices in their fiction come from, and what does it give them (and take away)? Do they feel connected to fellow female novelists, liv...
The Cut Out Girl
Bart van Es’s The Cut Out Girl, described by Philippe Sands as ‘luminous, elegant, haunting’, tells the true story of the author’s grandparents, and the young girl they fostered to hide her from the Nazis in occupied Holland. It is the winner of the 2018 Costa Book of the Year, and we are delighted to bring you the author for a special event at JW3, in conversation with literary editor and columnist Sam Leith. The last time Lien saw her parents was in The Hague, when s...