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Past Events

Past EventsSunday, February 21

JQ Wingate Prize

Tahmima Anam
Nicola Christie
Samantha Ellis
Hugo Rifkind
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

Find out who is in the running to win 2016’s prestigious JQ Wingate Prize as this year’s judges, Tahmima Anam, Samantha Ellis, Hugo Rifkind and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, discuss the shortlist with JQ editor Nicola Christie. Past winners include Amos Oz, David Grossman, Zadie Smith, Imre Kertész, Oliver Sacks, WG Sebald and Shalom Auslander.

The 2016 long-listed books are: The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramsky; The Girl from Human Street by Roger Cohen; The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron; Ishmael’s Oranges by Claire Hajaj; Mr and Mrs Disraeli by Daisy Hay; J by Howard Jacobson; The Life of Saul Bellow by Zachary Leader; Between Gods by Alison Pick; The Impossible Exile by George Protchnik; The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild; The Liberation of the Camps by Dan Stone and KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps by Nikolaus Wachsmann.

Tahmima Anam is a British Bangladeshi writer, novelist and columnist. Her first novel, A Golden Age, was published by John Murray in 2007 and was the Best First Book winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.              

Nicola Christie editsThe Jewish Quarterly and has written and broadcast for most major broadsheets, BBC Radio 3 and the World Service. She is also programmes films for UK Jewish Film.                                         

Samantha Ellis’s reading memoir, How to be a Heroine, is published by Vintage. Her plays include Cling to Me Like Ivy (published by Nick Hern Books, and produced at the Birmingham Rep and on tour) and Operation Magic Carpet (Polka Theatre). Her book about Anne Brontë will be published by Chatto & Windus.   

Hugo Rifkind is an award-winning Edinburgh-born journalist who writes columns for The Times, The Spectator and GQ. He writes the satirical Times column My Week on Saturdays and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.            

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg is the Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK and a leading writer and thinker on Judaism. He is Rabbi of the New North London Synagogue and is also the author of several books including Walking with the Light - From Frankfurt to Finchley.

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