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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Lev Ozerov: Portraits without Frames

Contributor(s): Robert Chandler | David Herman

03/03/2019 - 3:00 pm

Robert Chandler, in conversation with David Herman, discuss his recently published translation of Lev Ozerov’ s stupendous Portraits without Frames, one o... read more

Jewish Arguments: Then and Now

Contributor(s): Simon Schama | Julia Neuberger

03/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

In a world riven with bitter divisions, perverting every opportunity for dialogue, Simon Schama examined the peculiar force of contradictory argument in Jewish ... read more

Under Cover: A Poet’s Life in Publishing

Contributor(s): Jeremy Robson | Maureen Lipman

03/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Acclaimed poet and publisher to the great and good, Jeremy Robson talks about his five decades in publishing, working with such intriguing and diverse figures a... read more

Finding Nemon

Contributor(s): Aurelia Young | Patrick Bade

03/03/2019 - 2:00 pm

Emigré sculptor Oscar Nemon, whose subjects included Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill and Sigmund Freud, was one of the 20th century’s ... read more

Radio Tel Aviv: The Musical Confession of Dr Israel Shine

Contributor(s): Edward Evans

03/03/2019 - 1:30 pm

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 at t... read more

The Knock on the Door: Struggling Against Apartheid

Contributor(s): Audrey Coleman | Keith Coleman | Jonathan Rosenthal | Terry Shakinovsky | John Simpson

03/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

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

Workers’ Tales

Contributor(s): Michael Rosen | Nicolette Jones

03/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

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, pol... read more

Doing Nothing

Contributor(s): Josh Cohen | Lucy Tobin

03/03/2019 - 12:30 pm

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 gloriou... read more


Contributor(s): Francesca Jakobi | No chair

03/03/2019 - 12:00 pm

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 in London, Gi... read more

Reckonings: Who Cares About Bringing Nazis to Justice?

Contributor(s): Mary Fulbrook | Eli Rosenbaum | Philip Rubenstein | Joshua Rozenberg

03/03/2019 - 11:00 am

Eli Rosenbaum of the US Justice Department has been described as ‘the world’s most successful Nazi hunter’. However, Professor Mary Fulbrook, ... read more

A Brave New World? Living in a Society Transformed by Technology

Contributor(s): Jamie Susskind | Jacob Turner | Hugo Rifkind

03/03/2019 - 11:00 am

Our world is undergoing a seismic transformation. Digital technologies – from artificial intelligence to blockchain, from robotics to virtual reality R... read more

What Have the Plantagenets Ever Done for Us?

Contributor(s): Nick Barratt | Claudia Gold | Nicholas Vincent | Dominic Selwood | Nick Vincent

03/03/2019 - 11:00 am

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 Anglo-J... read more

Israel: A Jewish State or a State for Jews?

Contributor(s): Ian Black | Anshel Pfeffer | Alice Shalvi | James Sorene | Jon Silverman

02/03/2019 - 8:30 pm

Ever since the movement’ s inception, Zionists have advocated very different ideas of Israel: would the dream of Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, Weizmann, Jaboti... read more

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Contributor(s): Honor Borwick | Tristram Powell

02/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

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 inside... read more

Love Is

Contributor(s): Simon May | Dr Frank Tallis | Lisa Appignanesi

02/03/2019 - 7:00 pm

Love rules our lives. Philosopher Simon May, in a radically new theory of love, examines its real aim. For all its wild unpredictability, why is love so pertina... read more