Edmund de Waal: 70th Anniversary Keynote

Edmund de Waal

06/03/2022 6:00 pm
Kings Place, Hall 1

‘Good for a Single Journey’: Families, Objects, Stories

1952 saw the first Jewish Book Week; four days of lectures and displays under the chairmanship of Dr George Webber. London’s oldest literary festival, it has taken place every year since, now bringing together writers and speakers from all walks of life together with thousands of audience members over nine days each spring.

To mark our 70thanniversary we are delighted that Edmund de Waal will deliver the keynote address on the festival’s final day. Known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a particular place, he first came to Jewish Book Week with his Costa and Ondaatje prize-winning memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes, which has been translated into 30 languages. He has since returned to discuss his grandmother’s novel The Exiles ReturnThe White Road, his Library of Exile and most recently Letters to Camondo. Embodying Jewish Book Week’s celebration of art, history, literature and the Jewish community, he is the perfect speaker for this unique occasion; in Good for a single journey the internationally acclaimed artist and writer will explore families, objects, stories and more.

Click here to buy a copy of Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal


Edmund de Waal CBE is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer, best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a particular place. His interventions have been made for diverse spaces and museums worldwide, including The British Museum, London, The Frick Collection, New York and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. His memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, won the RSL Ondaatje prize and the Costa Biography Award, was named as one of the books of the decade by the Sunday Times and of the 21st century by the Guardian. It was the Independent Bookseller Book of the Decade and has been translated into 29 languages. In 2015 he was awarded the Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction by Yale University. The White Road, a journey into the history of porcelain, was published to great acclaim in 2015.  Edmund will present a major new exhibition this autumn at the Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, inspired by his latest book Letters to Camondo . He lives in London with his family. Image cr. Tom Jamieson

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