Events 2019

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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Eve Was Shamed

Contributor(s): Helena Kennedy | Matthew Stadlen

04/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

What comes after #MeToo? In this ‘chilling exposé’ of British justice, Helena Kennedy QC, one of our most eminent lawyers and human rights activists, confr... read more

The Dance of Faith and Doubt

Contributor(s): Elif Shafak | Alice Shalvi | Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

04/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Turkish-British writer Elif Shafak is an awarded novelist, a public intellectual and an outspoken activist for women’s rights and LGBT rights. Alice Shalv... read more

The Secret World: A History of Intelligence

Contributor(s): Christopher Andrew | Helen Fry

04/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

Christopher Andrew, the world’s leading historian of intelligence, presents a scintillating global account of three thousand years of spying. From the ult... read more

Brexit: the Spark that Fired Populism?

Contributor(s): Nick Cohen | Maurice Glasman | Gina Miller | Melanie Phillips | Harry Mount

03/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

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 cla... read more

In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure

Contributor(s): Henry Hardy | Simon May

03/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

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 and ... read more

The Jewish World: the Remembered and Forgotten

Contributor(s): Daniel J. Walkowitz | Rebecca Taylor

03/03/2019 - 8:00 pm

Heritage tourism has boomed in the last half century, especially in older industrial cities such as Kiev, Berlin, Bucharest, Krakow, London and New York. Jews, ... read more

Written in History: Letters that Changed the World

Contributor(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore | Tanya Gold

03/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

International bestselling author and historian Simon Sebag-Montefiore selects over 100 letters, from Rameses, Suleiman the Magnificent and Elizabeth I, to Stali... read more

Agent Jack: Fighting the Nazis on British Soil

Contributor(s): Robert Hutton | Helen Fry

03/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

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. Throughout... read more

Kabbalah Revealed: Through history and fiction

Contributor(s): Harry Freedman | Ariel Kahn | George Prochnik

03/03/2019 - 6:30 pm

Harry Freedman, author of the acclaimed The Talmud: A Biography, and novelist Ariel Kahn discuss and explore the meaning and relevance of the Kabbalah today. In... read more

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

Contributor(s): Pieter-Dirk Uys

03/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

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. Uy... read more

Love Without End: A Story of Heloise and Abelard

Contributor(s): Melvyn Bragg | No chair

03/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

Acclaimed writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg presents a moving and poignant tale of one of history’s greatest love stories. Paris, 1117: Heloise, a young... read more

Angels: A Visible and Invisible History

Contributor(s): Peter Stanford | Rabbi Julia Neuberger | Julia Neuberger

03/03/2019 - 5:00 pm

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. An... read more

20th Century Jewish Journeys: Avrom Sutzkever and A.C. Jacobs

Contributor(s): Heather Valencia | Merle L. Bachman

03/03/2019 - 4:30 pm

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

The Rat Lines

Contributor(s): Philippe Sands | Hugh Levinson | Eli Rosenbaum | None

03/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

International human rights lawyer Philippe Sands discussed his phenomenal BBC series, The Rat Lines, the story of the post-war Nazi escape route out of Europe. ... read more

Murderous Maths

Contributor(s): Kjartan Poskitt

03/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

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 lose... read more

City of Devils: A Shanghai Noir

Contributor(s): Paul French | Anne Sebba

03/03/2019 - 3:30 pm

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, fasc... read more