Mark Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster and author. Specialising in culture and the arts, he is best known for presenting the flagship BBC Radio 4 arts programme Front Row between 1998 and 2014. He is also a Guardian columnist, and presents Mark Lawson Talks To… on BBC Four.
Cynthia Ozick in conversation with Mark Lawson
Cynthia Ozick has been hailed as one of the greatest American story writers today. Born in New York in 1928, she is renowned as a writer of essays, short stories and novels and has been described as “the most accomplished and graceful literary stylist of our time”. Always engaged with the Jewish tradition, Ozick’s work is funny, daring and serious, cutting through life to its core of meaning. Her new novel The Bear Boy is an outsider’s view of depression-era New York set at a unique m...
Mike Leigh in conversation with Mark Lawson
Maverick director and writer Mike Leigh has had a huge impact on British cinema and theatre. Salford born, he loves to describe ordinary lives, achieving a body of work far from ordinary. Whether for the stage or the screen, he has developed a unique style of authorship: he assembles a few actors, weeks of long conversations evolve through secret rehearsals into creating the characters and the final story. His triumphant return to the stage with Two Thousand Years saw him address...
Documentary Film: Philip Roth’s Twenty First Century
Mark Lawson is in conversation with Philip Roth, arguably the most powerful voice in modern American fiction. During this frank and provocative interview Roth discussed his fiction since 2000, including his most recent novel, Everyman, the monumental impact of 9/11, and his disillusionment with the Bush administration.
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I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
Nora Ephron launched her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, at Book Week. In this session Nora Ephron examined the indignities of ageing with her biting humour, comforting us with the thought that no matter how much our neck sags, our skin wrinkles and our children don’t appreciate us, someone else has been there before you.
She gave us glimpses from her anything-but-glamorous debut as a White House intern during the JFK years to her successful caree...
The Doctor in the House
Famously, Jonathan Miller can turn his hand and astonishing brain to anything. Always entertaining, and invariably instructive, the redoubtable raconteur revealed his passions and betes noires to Mark Lawson.
The 3rd Woman
The 3rd Woman is a high-concept thriller set in a world in which the USA bows to the People’s Republic of China, corruption is rife and the government dictates what the ‘truth’ is. Jonathan Freedland explores the genesis of his fiction about an individual’s quest for justice with broadcaster and journalist Mark Lawson, whose own recent novel is The Deaths.
Derived from his personal experiences at the BBC, Mark Lawson’s new novel is a page-turning satire on the aftershocks of damning allegations. Penetrating, savage and often very funny, The Allegations portrays two academics who confront disgrace and disintegration arising from the accusations of colleagues, students and ex-lovers.
Mark Lawson captures a contemporary culture in which allegations are easily made and reputations casually destroyed. He is in conversation with journalist J...
The Wild West: Boom or Bust?
The arrival of President Trump and the threat of Europe’s so-called alt-right are already having far-reaching implications around the world. Our panel of experts assess whether Trump’s America will be a gun-slinging new version of The Wild West – a ‘boom or bust’ era – and analyse the likely consequences of US foreign policy for the rest of us. Join us as we reflect on the West’s future.
Writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson leads the debate with ...
Tom Bower on Jeremy Corbyn
Acclaimed investigative journalist and bestselling biographer Tom Bower, author of 24 books including the lives of Robert Maxwell, Richard Branson, Tony Blair and Prince Charles, has penetrated the shadows and myths about Jeremy Corbyn to produce, for the first time, the unvarnished truth.
Seeking Love in Modern Britain
Zoe Strimpel explores the rise of the dating industry, from 1970 to the present day, revealing how mediated courtship and singleness began in a time long before Tinder.
The Virus in the Age of Madness – Online Event
With medical mysteries, rising death tolls, and conspiracy theories beamed minute by minute through the vast web universe, the coronavirus pandemic has irrevocably altered societies around the world. World-renowned philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy interrogates the many meanings and metaphors we have assigned to the pandemic—and what they tell us about ourselves. Lucid, incisive, and always original, Lévy takes a bird’s-eye view of the most consequential historical event of our time and p...
How to Stay Sane
Award-winning novelist, TED speaker and activist Elif Shafak returns to Jewish Book Week with her concise and urgent call for conscious optimism in the age of division. After 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World was shortlisted for both the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Booker Prize, she turns to non-fiction with this pocket-sized, must-read book, asking how we can keep hold of our optimism. She will be in conversation with journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson.
Arena at Jewish Book Week: Featuring I Thought I Was Taller: A short history of Mel Brooks
In-hall tickets are priced at £18.50
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The ground-breaking BBC documentary series Arena is one of the most influential programmes of all time. Of the nearly 600 episodes produced, a considerable number focused on Jewish subjects, from Arthur Miller interviewing Nelson Man...
Online Streaming Pass – Sunday 3rd October
This pass gives you online access to six of our October events for half the price of the individual tickets. These events will be available to watch live or for seven days after the initial broadcast.
Events included in the pass:
Ethel Rosenberg: An American Tragedy featuring Anne Sebba and Clare Mulley
Power Players: Ivor Crewe & Anthony Seldon
Billy Wilder: ...
1952: World on the Cusp
1952 saw the Queen ascend to the throne, The Mousetrap open in the West End and the first Jewish Book Week; all going strong 70 years on while thankfully London’s other big event, the Great Smog is not. Further afield, Albert Einstein declined the offer to succeed Chaim Weizmann as the second president of four-year-old Israel, the first European Parliament was established, McCarthyism stepped up in the US and after Operation Hurricane off the north-west coast of Australia, Britain ...