Jewish Book Week 2023 Saturday 25 February - Sunday 05 March | Tickets now on sale

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier FRSL is the author of ten novels. She is best known for the international bestseller Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into 43 languages, sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and been made into a film, play, radio drama, and opera. Her new novel about Venetian glass, The Beadmaker, will be published later in 2023. She grew up in Washington DC and in 1984 moved to the UK, dividing her time between London and Dorset.
Jonathan Freedland: The Escape Artist
“Awe inspiring, exciting and poignant, this is a thrilling read, a piece of redemptive storytelling and a work of important Holocaust historical research.” Simon Sebag Montefiore In April 1944 teenager Rudolf Vrba and fellow inmate Fred Wetzler became the first Jews ever to break out of Auschwitz. Shortlisted for both the Baillie Gifford Prize and Waterstones Book of the Year and an instant Sunday Times bestseller, The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out o...
The Fab Four: Tracy Chevalier, Jeremy Gavron, Charlotte Mendelson & William Sutcliffe
In September 2003 the Jewish Chronicle published its list of the “Fine Nine” most talented young Jewish authors in Britain today. In this session, four of these sparkling new voices came together with Natasha Lehrer, Deputy Editor of the Jewish Quarterly, to talk about their writing, Jewish humour and their feelings on receiving this cultural accolade. They all showed some interesting touching points. Al...
Tracy Chevalier and Ella Leya Talk Jazz

Ella Leya’s childhood in Azerbaijan is the inspiration for her novel Orphan Sky. She talks to Tracy Chevalier about growing up in Azerbaijan, her experiences with the Moscow Yiddish Theatre and her immigration to the West. A composer, singer and author, Ella Leya’s songs have appeared in films such as Ocean’s Twelve. A natural entertainer, Ella will also perform some jazz.

Fertile Imaginations

Tracy Chevalier and Esther Freud are two of our finest novelists and are both contributors to Reader, I Married Him – a soon-to-be-published anthology of stories inspired by Jane Eyre. They talk about the creative process, their stories, writing historical fiction, and their latest novels, At the Edge of the Orchard and Mr Mac and Me, with documentary maker Olivia Lichtenstein.

The Creation of a Female Writer
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 writing that best illustrates their careers, Tracy Chevalier, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen and Fay Weldon — with literary critic and token male Sam Leith — explore these and other questions such as: where do the voices in their fiction come from, and what does it give them (and take away)? Do they feel connected to fellow female novelists, liv...
Genesis: Emerging Writers
Join us for a free event celebrating our cohort of writers and mentors from the inaugural Genesis-JBW Emerging Writers Programme. Writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been working one-on-one with mentors to develop writing projects with the theme of ‘Beginnings’. Mentors include Tracy Chevalier, George Szirtes, Kavita Puri, Sam Leith, Benjamin Markovits, A.D. Miller, ...