Events 2018

Jewish Book Week holds recordings of nearly 1000 of our past events. You can click on the boxes below to browse by festival year, or type in the fields to search for a speaker, event title or topic.

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Momentous Years: 1947-1948

Contributor(s): Elisabeth Åsbrink | Jonathan Fenby | Marina Benjamin

11/04/2018 - 3:30 pm

In 1947, Elisabeth Åsbrink, previous winner of the August Prize, intertwines global events with key moments from her personal history as the daughter of a Hung... read more

Why We Eat What We Eat: Food Myths Exposed

Contributor(s): Charles Spence | Anthony Warner | Bee Wilson

21/03/2018 - 8:30 pm

Why are 27% of drinks bought on aeroplanes tomato juice? Why do we consume 35% more food when eating with one more person, and 75% more when with three? This is... read more

Synagogues in the Islamic World

Contributor(s): Mohammad Gharipour | Irving Finkel

11/03/2018 - 8:00 pm

In this exquisite volume Professor Mohammad Gharipour charts the development of synagogues in lands under Muslim rule, from North Africa and Spain to Central As... read more

The Hebrew Republic: Israel’s Return To History

Contributor(s): Colin Shindler | Ned Temko

11/03/2018 - 8:00 pm

In his collection of essays Colin Shindler presents his very personal take on Israel, based on over 50 years of writing on the subject for The New York Times, T... read more

How to find a Black Cat in a Dark Room

Contributor(s): Jacob Burak

11/03/2018 - 6:30 pm

Why do smart people make stupid mistakes? Why do tall, slim people earn more? Does society determine who we are? What really makes us tick? Internationally accl... read more


Contributor(s): Jonathan Dean | Tony Kushner | Keren David

11/03/2018 - 6:30 pm

Jonathan Dean writes of the trials, tribulations, tragedies and successes of his grandfather and great grandfather as they fled persecution, comparing their str... read more

The Play’s The Thing

Contributor(s): Stephen Greenblatt | Howard Jacobson | Janet Suzman | Alex Clark

11/03/2018 - 6:30 pm

These three towering Shakespeareans who have taught, written about, directed and performed the greatest dramatist of all times, engage in a witty and illuminati... read more

One Italian Family’s Fight Against Fascism

Contributor(s): Caroline Moorehead

11/03/2018 - 5:00 pm

Award-winning writer Caroline Moorehead, in the concluding volume of her remarkable WW2 Resistance trilogy, draws on the unseen letters and diaries of an extrao... read more

Three Floors Up

Contributor(s): Eshkol Nevo | Francesca Segal

11/03/2018 - 5:00 pm

Set in an upper-middle-class Tel Aviv apartment building, prize-winning author Eshkol Nevo’s brilliant recent novel, translated by Sondra Silverstein, present... read more

Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

Contributor(s): Jeremy Dauber | Toby Lichtig

11/03/2018 - 5:00 pm

Jeremy Dauber delivers a breath-taking and enthralling illustrated history of Jewish humour ‘in all its vast and variegated forms from antiquity to yesterday... read more

Of Places and People, Art & Literature

Contributor(s): Alba Arikha | Griselda Pollock

11/03/2018 - 3:30 pm

Alba Arikha and Janet Wolff present their stunning and idiosyncratic coming-of-age memoirs, exploring their family backgrounds, from post-war Manchester to 1980... read more

Gardens Of Delight

Contributor(s): Penelope Lively | Rachel de Thame | Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg | Charlotte Mendelson

11/03/2018 - 3:30 pm

Gardens have been a source of enchantment since the dawn of time. Today’s speakers illuminate why gardening can be as vital an expression of the creative impu... read more

The Story of Hebrew

Contributor(s): Lewis Glinert | Jeremy Dauber

11/03/2018 - 2:00 pm

In this unique narrative of the Hebrew language from biblical to modern times, Professor Lewis Glinert explores the extraordinary hold that Hebrew has had on Je... read more

Balancing Acts

Contributor(s): Nicholas Hytner | David Hare

11/03/2018 - 2:00 pm

Legendary ex-Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner, equally known as an opera director, takes us behind the scenes of Britain’s greatest ... read more

Gustav Klimt at Home

Contributor(s): Patrick Bade

11/03/2018 - 1:30 pm

Art and cultural historian Patrick Bade was a lecturer for the MA programme at Christie’s Education in London until 2015. A prolific author, his publications ... read more

The Jewish Journey: 4000 Years In 22 Objects


11/03/2018 - 12:30 pm

Consummate story-teller, Rebecca Abrams, offers tantalising glimpses into Jewish history through the prism of her personal selection from Oxford’s Ashmolean M... read more