London’s International Festival of Words and Ideas

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About us

Jewish Book Week is a unique nine-day literary festival in London, which explores Jewish literature, ideas and culture.

The festival has been running since 1952 and no other Jewish cultural gathering has the pedigree of Jewish Book Week, or its track record of welcoming a galaxy of international talent to engage with Jewish ideas. In recent years, festival speakers have included Martin Amis, Hélène Cixous, Umberto Eco, Nora Ephron, Jacques Derrida, Niall Ferguson, Christopher Hitchens, Julia Kristeva, Steven Pinker, Albie Sachs,  Raja Shehadeh, Zadie Smith and Cynthia Ozick.

Jewish Book Week is presented by the Jewish Book Council, a registered educational charity dedicated to promoting understanding of Jewish life and culture. The festival is its major annual initiative. 

Since 2012 Jewish Book Week has been presented at Kings Place, an arts and performance venue in the regeneration area of Kings Cross, in collaboration with the Kings Place Music Foundation. The festival takes place in late February and early March every year. Tickets for the festival can be bought from the Kings Place website.


The JBW Newsfeed

Yuval Harari gave one of the most thought-provoking talks at this year's festival, discussing the origins and development of human society with John...
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Eva Schloss kept her audience captivated with a powerful presentation at this year's Jewish Book Week.
Thursday, 5 March 2015
Festival director Lucy Silver concludes Jewish Book Week 2015 by thanking audience, speakers and team. 
Tuesday, 3 March 2015


In memory of Sir Martin Gilbert, 1936-2015.