London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

About us

Jewish Book Week is an annual international literary festival held 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. 

Over 70 events are presented across nine days, comprising stimulating talks and discussions on contemporary culture, challenging debates on controversial issues, original musical entertainment and drama. JBW's events are held in association with many partners in the media, publishing and charity worlds. Associated events featuring JBW speakers are held across the UK and workshops are also organised for children of all ages. Unique one-off events are presented outside the festival.

JBW is presented by the Jewish Book Council, a registered educational charity, which also administers associated prizes in translation and journalism. JBW welcomes thousands of people from all communities across London, the rest of the UK and even Europe and beyond. Programming is seriously underway for next year's festival, which will run from 20 - 28 February. The full programme will be released in December, with some highlights disclosed in Kings Place's January - March brochure, out in October. Next year's starry events include.... watch this space and gradually all will be revealed.    


The JBW Newsfeed

You can now watch a complete video of Sarah Churchwell's sparkling interview with Judy Blume, including all of the audience questions and their now...
Thursday, 16 July 2015
JBW, in association with the TLS, brings you Brazilian author Tatiana Salem Levy in conversation with Devorah Baum at the London Lit Weekend on...
Monday, 13 July 2015
At this one-off out-of-festival event on Sunday, 12 July, the audience, whose ages ranged from 7 to 70, was spellbound by the inimitable Judy Blume...
Monday, 13 July 2015


Highlights from the 2015 festival are now online.