London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

About us


Jewish Book Week (JBW) is an annual international cultural festival held mostly at Kings Place, a leading central London performance venue. The festival features an extensive and varied programme, presenting writers and speakers from all over the world, from the most eminent to the first-time published. Thousands of people from all London communities and elsewhere are hosted annually.

Over 75 events are held over nine days, comprising stimulating talks and discussions on contemporary culture, challenging debates on controversial issues, original musical entertainment and drama. Events are held in association with many partners in the media, publishing and charity worlds. Festival participants also speak in several UK cities, as well as in London schools. Unique one-off events are presented outside the festival.

JBW is put on by the Jewish Book Council, a registered educational charity, which also administers associated prizes in translation and journalism.


The JBW Newsfeed

Be sure to save the date to book your tickets for the launch of JBW17. We have a stunning line-up for you. All festival events for both...
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Become a Friend of JBW to help support us to continue our vital work in producing the world’s foremost Jewish literary festival and...
Thursday, 20 October 2016
The political career of Shimon Peres lasted almost as long as a normal lifetime – three score and ten years.The secret of such longevity was his...
Thursday, 29 September 2016


Unable to appear at a scheduled event, Etgar Keret sends his best to Jewish Book Week.