London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

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About us

Jewish Book Week Facts

  • Jewish Book Week (JBW) is an annual 9-day international festival of arts and ideas, held in late February/early March. 
  • The festival is presented at Kings Place, a central London music venue.
  • 70+ talks, interviews, topical debates, book launches, musical performances, creative workshops, installations and a festival bookshop.
  • Recent festival speakers have included Hélène Cixous, Umberto Eco, David Grossman, Michael Ignatieff, Helena Kennedy, Mervyn King, Ian McEwan, Steven Pinker, Albie Sachs, Simon Schama, Raja Shehadeh and Martin Wolf.
  • JBW is presented by the Jewish Book Council (the JBC), a registered educational charity.
  • The JBC also administers the triennial Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for Hebrew-English Translation and the Chaim Bermant Prize for Journalism.
  • Festival authors speak at many venues throughout England during the festival period, in partnership with other organisations.
  • Associated events are held in schools.
  • Talks and book launches are sometimes presented during the year.
  • The 2016 festival will run from Saturday, 20 February to Sunday, 28 February.

The JBW Newsfeed

Words on Monday at Kings Place presents Jim Shepard on his new novel, The Book of Aron.Children are always the first to suffer in times of crisis. In...
Monday, 18 May 2015
Brazilian writer Michel Laub and British writer Thomas Harding have each been named winners of the 2015 JQ-Wingate Literary Prize; Laub in the...
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
The JC's Gerald Jacobs encapsulates the festival experience as "huge yet informal. Cerebral yet accessible." JBW is, he writes, "hard to resist."
Monday, 30 March 2015


Highlights from the 2015 festival are now online.