Peter Florence

Peter Florence is co-founder and director of Hay Festival, which has been coined “the Woodstock of the mind” by Bill Clinton. He and his team now direct cultural festivals worldwide.
Everything is Illuminated
In this session, Peter Florence discussed literature and celebrity with America’s newest literary wunderkind. Jonathan Safran Foer’s debut novel, Everything is Illuminated, tells of a journey to Eastern Europe made by a college student, also named Jonathan Safran Foer. Armed with only a yellowing photograph, he sets out to find the woman who might or might not be a link to the grandfather he never knew. Blending high comedy and deep tragedy, the search moves back in time, th...
Howard Jacobson in conversation with Peter Florence

The seriously funny writer, our greatest British Jewish novelist, spoke to Peter Florence about literature, comedy, Jewishness and much more. The conversation was witty, thought provoking and a fitting finale to JBW 07.

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The Language of Peace
Raja Shehadeh, the award-winning human rights lawyer from Ramallah and author of Palestinian Walks, returns to Jewish Book Week to explore the politics of language and the language of politics with Hay Festival director Peter Florence. Language can be as effective as any weapon – a potent force that can engineer outcomes, exacerbate tensions and obstruct peace. Raja Shehadeh and Peter Florence will reflect on how it might be made possible for Israe...