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

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The Rise of the Israeli Right

28/01/2019 - 11:00 am

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The Israeli Right first came to power nearly four decades ago. Its election was described then as ‘an earthquake’ and its reverberations endure. ...
How to Combat Antisemitism

07/02/2019 - 6:45 pm

Emmanuel Centre,

Deborah Lipstadt’s trial against Nazi sympathiser David Irving was a landmark victory for social justice and historical truth. But now anti-Jewish ...

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Amos Oz: A Tribute

26/02/2019 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Amos Oz, celebrated Israeli author, wrote over 30 novels and short stories, widely translated from the Hebrew, poignant expressions of the human condition. H...
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

02/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, a German-Jewish refugee, educated in England, made her name as a novelist in India. Married to a Parsi architect, she saw, from the ins...
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Love Is

02/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Love rules our lives. Philosopher Simon May, in a radically new theory of love, examines its real aim. For all its wild unpredictability, wh...
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Israel: A Jewish State or a State for Jews?

02/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Ever since the movement’ s inception, Zionists have advocated very different ideas of Israel: would the dream of Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, Weizmann, Jab...
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Reckonings: Who Cares About Bringing Nazis to Justice?

03/03/2019 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 1

Eli Rosenbaum of the US Justice Department has been described as ‘the world’s most successful Nazi hunter’. However, Professor Mary Fulbroo...
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A Brave New World? Living in a Society Transformed by Technology

03/03/2019 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 2

Our world is undergoing a seismic transformation. Digital technologies – from artificial intelligence to blockchain, from robotics to virtual reality &...
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What Have the Plantagenets Ever Done for Us?

03/03/2019 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, St Pancras

The 11th and 12th centuries, from William the Bastard’s conquest in 1066 to the death of Henry II in 1189, have been described as a golden age for Angl...
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Bitter

03/03/2019 - 12:00 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Francesca Jakobi talks about the perils and pitfalls of fictionalising a family story. In Bitter, it is 1969, and while the summer of love lingers i...

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The Knock on the Door: Struggling Against Apartheid

03/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

In apartheid South Africa, many desperate parents fought to rescue their children, arrested for so-called ‘anti-apartheid’ activities, from the s...
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Workers’ Tales

03/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Explore a collection of political tales selected and introduced by the brilliant critic and author Michael Rosen. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ...
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Doing Nothing

03/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Oscar Wilde said that doing nothing is, ‘the most difficult thing in the world’. Today we live in a culture that demonises idleness, and the glor...
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Radio Tel Aviv: The Musical Confession of Dr Israel Shine

03/03/2019 - 1:30 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Edward Evans presents a brilliantly funny novel. Israel has no idea who he is. Tracing his memories, track by musical track, he uncovers a cosmic emptiness a...

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Jewish Arguments: Then and Now

03/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

In a world riven with bitter divisions, perverting every opportunity for dialogue, Simon Schama examines the peculiar force of contradictory argument in Jewi...
Under Cover: A Poet’s Life in Publishing

03/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Acclaimed poet and publisher to the great and good, Jeremy Robson talks about his five decades in publishing, working with such intriguing and diverse figure...
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Finding Nemon

03/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Emigré sculptor Oscar Nemon, whose subjects included Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill and Sigmund Freud, was one of the 20th century’...
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Lev Ozerov: Portraits without Frames

03/03/2019 - 3:00 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Robert Chandler, in conversation with David Herman, discusses his recently published translation of Lev Ozerov’ s stupendous Portraits without Fram...

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The Rat Lines

03/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

International human rights lawyer Philippe Sands discusses his phenomenal BBC series, The Rat Lines, the story of the post-war Nazi escape route out...
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Murderous Maths

03/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Join best-selling author and mathematician Kjartan Poskett to discover the fun side of numbers and shapes, including weird tricks and games you can’t l...

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City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir

03/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

1930s Shanghai: in the years before the Japanese invaded, the city was a haven for outlaws from all over the world; a place where pasts could be forgotten, f...
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20th Century Jewish Journeys: Avrom Sutzkever and A.C. Jacobs

03/03/2019 - 4:30 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Heather Valencia and Merle Bachman introduce the lives, works and indelible impact of Yiddish writer Avrom Sutzkever and Scottish poet A.C. Jacobs, with read...

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The Echo of a Noise – a one-man memoir on stage

03/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

An evening with South Africa’s foremost satirist, the acclaimed Pieter-Dirk Uys, in his 7,000th solo performance that feels as fresh as his very first....
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Love Without End: A Story of Heloise and Abelard

03/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Acclaimed writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg presents a moving and poignant tale of one of history’s greatest love stories. Paris, 1117: Heloise, a yo...
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Angels: A Visible and Invisible History

03/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

In a 2016 poll, one in ten Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, while one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel....

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Written in History: Letters that Changed the World

03/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

International bestselling author and historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore selects over 100 letters, from Rameses, Suleiman the Magnificent and Elizabeth I, to St...
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Agent Jack: Fighting the Nazis on British Soil

03/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

June 1940: Britain is Hitler’ s next target. Some Britons are pro-Nazi, and they determine to do all they can to hasten Hitler’s arrival. Through...
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Kabbalah Revealed: Through history and fiction

03/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Harry Freedman, author of the acclaimed The Talmud: A Biography, and novelist Ariel Kahn discuss and explore the meaning and relevance of the Kabbal...
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Brexit: the Spark that Fired Populism?

03/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Brexit is the most divisive issue in a generation; it unleashed a rise in populism, and exposed the fault lines of a nation divided by wealth, geography and ...
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In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure

03/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Isaiah Berlin was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century – a man who set ideas on fire. His defence of liberty and plurality was passionate a...
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The Jewish World: the Remembered and Forgotten

03/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Heritage tourism has boomed in the last half century, especially in older industrial cities such as Kiev, Berlin, Bucharest, Krakow, London and New York. Jew...
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The Secret World: A History of Intelligence

04/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

JW3, Auditorium at JW3

Christopher Andrew, the world’s leading historian of intelligence, presents a scintillating global account of three thousand years of spying. From the ...
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Eve Was Shamed

04/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

What comes after #MeToo? In this ‘chilling exposé’ of British justice, Helena Kennedy QC, one of our most eminent lawyers and human rights activists, co...
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The Dance of Faith and Doubt

04/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Turkish-British writer Elif Shafak is an awarded novelist, a public intellectual and an outspoken activist for women’s rights and LGBT rights. Alice Sh...
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The Hebrew Bible

04/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

A masterpiece of deep learning and fine sensibility, Robert Alter’s translation of the Hebrew Bible reanimates one of the formative works of our cultur...
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If All the Seas Were Ink

04/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

When she was 27, Ilana Kurshan found herself alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce. She joined the world’s largest book club, learning da...
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The New Book of Middle Eastern Food

05/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

JW3, Auditorium at JW3

Legendary food writer Claudia Roden, exiled from Egypt in the ’50s, was drawn to the subject of food through a desire to remember her lost heritage. Cl...

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A Long Night in Paris: Thriller Fiction

05/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

JW3,

Former editor in chief of Haaretz and international best-selling author Dov Alfon discusses his electrifying novel, A Long Night in Paris. ...
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Churchill: Walking with Destiny

05/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in 20th century British history. Award-winning historian Andrew Roberts draws on new sources to depict him i...
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Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters

05/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Painting in London in the post-WWII years is a story of friendships and shared experiences. Drawing on first-hand interviews, acclaimed art historian Martin ...
Are we Witnessing the Death of Democracy?

05/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Tolerance, equality, democracy, free speech, a free press, separation of church and state, progress: these and other values of the Enlightenment have guided ...
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Evolutions: Fifteen Myths that Explain our World

05/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Evolutions, ‘a breath-taking race through the immense scope of time and space that is our universe’, brings to life the latest scientific thinkin...
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Jerusalem on the Amstel: The Quest for Zion in the Dutch Republic

05/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Lipika Pelham tells the extraordinary story of the Sephardi Jews of 17th century Amsterdam. The community, part of a ‘carnival of nations’ formed...
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The Age of the Demagogue

06/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

“Strongman politics are ascendant”, Barack Obama wrote recently: “The politics of fear and resentment… is now on the move”.  ...
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The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion: Sharp!

06/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Dorothy Parker, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag and Nora Ephron are just some of the women whose lives intertwined as they cut through 20th century cultural and ...
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The Curious Case of Being Human

06/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

We believe we are exceptional, but is there really anything special about humans that makes us different from other animals? In this entertaining tour of lif...
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Great Philosophers and Where They Went Wrong

06/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Ferdinand Mount has long been fascinated by the great thinkers and politicians of the past two millennia. In his riveting and provocative book, Prime Mov...
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Survivor Café

06/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

JW3,

As first hand survivors of many of the twentieth century’s most monumental events—the Holocaust, Hiroshima, the Killing Fields—begin to pass away, ...
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Speaking of Murder

07/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

International bestselling author Anthony Horowitz talks about his ‘infectiously zestful’ novel, The Sentence is Death. Richard Pryce is a phenom...
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Seven Types of Atheism: To Believe or Not to Believe

07/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

For a generation, public debate has been corroded by a narrow derision of religion in the name of an often vaguely understood ‘science’. Bestsell...
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Jewish Book Week Presents: Literary Friction

07/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Jewish Book Week hosts an edition of Literary Friction the monthly podcast about books and ideas, hosted by friends Carrie and Octavia. Listen-in for lively ...
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Is Humanity in Denial?

07/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

The Holocaust never happened. The planet isn’t warming. Vaccines cause autism. All of us deny inconvenient truths sometimes, but what happens when denial b...
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Descent into Darkness

07/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

In Insomnia, Marina Benjamin has produced an unsettling account of an unsettling condition, treating our inability to sleep not as a disorder, but a...
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Women’s London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives

07/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Rachel Kolsky focuses on the women who shaped London through the centuries, and their legacies. They number scientists and suffragettes, reformers and royals...
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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Addressing the Bundestag

09/03/2019 - 7:15 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

In January 2018, cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz, and then of Bergen-Belsen, addressed the Bundestag to commemorate Holocaust Memoria...
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Bertolt Brecht: The Poet Now

09/03/2019 - 7:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

David Constantine and Tom Kuhn have, for the first time, translated and edited the complete poems of Bertolt Brecht, the greatest German playwright of the 20...
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Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred

09/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Judeophobia, the great hatred. Is it a psychic aberration, a 2,000 year-old disease? Loathing of Jews has been a feature of Christendom since the first accus...
Protest and Power: The Battle for the Labour Party

10/03/2019 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 1

Jeremy Corbyn’s ascendency is only the latest in a long line of clashes of ideology, tactics and style that have characterised the British Labour Party’...
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The Book Smugglers

10/03/2019 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, Hall 2

In a history book that reads like a thriller, The Book Smugglers charts the incredible story of the ghetto inmates who rescued thousands of rare boo...
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The Cut Out Girl

10/03/2019 - 11:00 am

Kings Place, St Pancras

Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2018, and described by Philippe Sands as ‘Luminous, elegant, haunting’, The Cut Out Girl tells...
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Truth, Love, Jews and Food

10/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Food: a subject close to our hearts and souls, as well as our stomachs. Two award-winning foodies —  journalist and Spectator restaurant critic, ...
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Philip Roth: His Life and Legacy

10/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

‘Literature isn’t a moral beauty contest’, claimed Roth, ‘The belief it inspires is what counts.’ Literary titan and multi-awar...
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Voices on the Page

10/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Critically-acclaimed memoirist and author Alba Arikha joins poet and translator Yvonne Green in an exploration of how the literary voice represents the multi...
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The Book of Sarah

10/03/2019 - 1:30 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Sarah Lightman noticed that The Book of Sarah is missing from the Bible, so she set out to make her own. In this stunning visual autobiography from ...

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Tom Bower on Jeremy Corbyn

10/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Acclaimed investigative journalist and bestselling biographer Tom Bower, author of 24 books including the lives of Robert Maxwell, Richard Branson, Tony Blai...
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Kafka’s Last Trial? Contested Literary Legacies and Cultural Property

10/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

When Franz Kafka died in 1924, his loyal champion Max Brod could not bring himself to fulfil his friend’s last instruction: to burn his remaining manus...
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Forty is a Fearsome Age

10/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Forty, it has been said, is ‘the age when we become who we are.’ But does it ever feel like everyone — except you — is a proper adult? Do you wonde...
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From Infinity to Man: The Fundamental Ideas of Kabbalah

10/03/2019 - 3:00 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Eduard Shyfrin, in a fresh and innovative exploration, reveals how the ideas of Jewish mysticism — or Kabbalah — resonate with 21st century science....

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Ben Hecht: The Greatest American Screenwriter

10/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Ben Hecht was, according to Jean-Luc Godard, ‘a genius’ who ‘invented 80% of what is used in Hollywood movies today’. Besides produci...

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The Monstrous Child

10/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Bestselling children’s author and librettist Francesca Simon, with composer Gavin Higgins, has produced an opera of her stunning epic Norse tale, The M...

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A Weekend in New York

10/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

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, ...
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The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience

10/03/2019 - 4:30 pm

Kings Place, Limehouse Room

Dr Guy Leschziner, in conversation with sleep psychiatrist Hugh Selsick, takes a look at what really happens to our brain at night, taking us on a fascinatin...

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To Kill the Truth

10/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

Acclaimed journalist Jonathan Freedland presents a gripping new thriller, the latest from his blockbuster novelist alter ego Sam Bourne. Somebody is murderi...
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Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power

10/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Munich, November 1918: in the final days of WWI, revolutionaries occupied official buildings and overthrew the monarchy. At the head of the newly declared Fr...
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Saul Bellow: A Legacy

10/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Zachary Leader presents the second volume of The Life of Saul Bellow. Arguably the greatest of American writers, Bellow’s enduring appeal perh...
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The Creation of a Female Writer

10/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

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 wri...
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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History

10/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

Steven Zipperstein retells the shattering story of the Kishinev riot of 1903 in late-Tsarist Russia. It dominated the headlines in the western press for week...
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The Writing in the Stone

10/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

Life into death, magic and demons. The landscape of this dark and powerful story is ancient Assyria some 3,000 years ago. It is a world where writing is in t...
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Jewish Voices

10/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 1

The grand finale of Jewish Book Week 2019, in partnership with World Jewish Relief, is a celebration of the power of words. A stellar line-up, featuring Henr...
Live Relay of Jewish Voices

10/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, Hall 2

This is a Live Relay of the event taking place in Hall 1. The grand finale of Jewish Book Week 2019, in partnership with World Jewish Relief, is a cel...
Gleaning Whitechapel’s Yiddishe Histories

10/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

Kings Place, St Pancras

A stone wall or an iron gate reveal stories of community and schooling. An expression in a Cockney-Yiddish music-hall song or a union anthem from an 1889 tai...
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