Festival 2021 Saturday 27 February - Wednesday 24 March | Tickets now on sale

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Jewish Book Week 2021 begins this weekend with two livestreams live from Kings Place on Saturday night, followed by 50+ events over the coming weeks with David Baddiel, Hermione Lee, Rob Rinder, Lionel ShriverElif Shafak, Matthew d’Ancona, Lipika PelhamMichael Rosen & many more!

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HOW TO WATCH OUR ONLINE FESTIVAL

 

 

You don’t need to download anything to enjoy Jewish Book Week from wherever you are. All events you have booked for will appear under My List in the KPlayer section of kingsplace.co.ukYou can watch live or anytime until the end of March.

And for best value you can purchase one of our Festival Passes, covering either all 49 paid-for events or either of the Sundays.

Coming up at Jewish Book Week

FOOD WITH THE EXPERTS,
SATURDAY, 6.45PM GMT

Jewish Chronicle food editor Victoria Prever is joined by Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner and Pen Vogler, author of Dinner with Mr Darcy & Scoff for a culinary chat to open this year’s festival.
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MAHLER & HIS FAITH, SATURDAY, 8.15PM GMT
Norman Lebrecht, the world’s bestselling author on classical music, returns with a musically illustrated lecture on the composer and his relationship with Judaism and Christianity.
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THE HAPPY TRAITOR,
MONDAY, 10.30AM GMT

George Blake’s death last year aged 98 lifted the embargo on Simon Kuper revealing for the first time the results of his unparalleled access and years of research on the most notorious double agent in British history.

65 years after he escaped from Wormwood Scrubs the extraordinary story of the last remaining Cold War spy can be told. The Financial Times columnist will be in conversation with fellow author and historian Helen Fry.

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MAKING SENSE OF HATRED, SUNDAY, 1.45PM GMT
Delphine Horvilleur, France’s third-ever female rabbi and known for her strong stance on social justice, joins Philippe Sands to discuss her hopeful and original new book Antisemitism Revisited.
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RESCUING JEWISH CULTURE,
SUNDAY, 10AM GMT

Elisabeth Gallas joins George Prochnik to discuss her award-winning account of the post-war project to restore, identify and return millions of Nazi-looted cultural treasures to their rightful owners.
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LIVING WITH OTHER SPECIES
3 MARCH, 10.30AM GMT

Humans have lived side by side with animals for millennia, but how much do we understand about this complex relationship?

Broadcaster Matthew Stadlen, who combines his passions for photography and birdwatching in How To See Birds and Corvus author Esther Woolfson, who explores love, ownership and representation of animals in arts in Between Light and Storm, discuss our creature connections.

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GERMAN JERUSALEM,
SUNDAY 4.15PM

Thomas Sparr joins the National Library of Israel’s Stefan Litt to discuss the neighbourhood on the outskirts of the Holy City, known as  Grunewald on the Orient and home to many notable residents including poet Else Lasker-Schüler and intellectual Gershom Scholem.
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OLIVER KAMM: MENDING THE MIND, MONDAY 12PM
The Times columnist and Accidence Will Happen author joins Spectator journalist and Week in Westminster presenter Isabel Hardman to reveal how he overcame severe depression and share insights into the condition from scientists, artists and writers.
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BORIS JOHNSON: THE GAMBLER, 7 MARCH, 6.45PM

Having previously taken on Robert Maxwell, Prince Charles and Tony Blair, Tom Bower returns with his take on the Prime Minister’s journey from journalism to No. 10, speaking with Johnson’s Spectator successor Matthew d’Ancona.

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RESCUE: FROM GLOBAL CRISIS TO A BETTER WORLD
2 MARCH, 10.30AM GMT

Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development Ian Goldin explains how, in the face of catastrophic risks created by globalisation the pandemic could provide the catalyst to stop future health, climate and other crises, prompting urgently needed reforms to manage global risks and create shared prosperity.

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FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE ANGLO-ISRAEL ASSOCIATION

 

The latest edition of the AIA magazine features an in-depth look at the National Library of Israel, John Le Carre’s 1997 AIA address, Shlomo Avineri on the changing face of Israel and much more. To be added to their database or request a physical copy please email  info@angloisraelassociation.com