London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas



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2015 Festival
21/02/2015 to 01/03/2015

Jewish Book Week 2015 featured a rich array of talks, debates and entertainment. The festival may be over, but you can listen to or watch many of our events again.

Hear Jonathan Freedland and Jonathan Sperber thrashing out new theories of Karl Marx. Be moved by the London Bridge Trio's fluid interpretation of Mendelssohn's Trio in C Minor. Ponder the emigré experience of Mark Rothko, Stefan Zweig and others. Catch bravura performances by photographer Frédéric Brenner, New Yorker Bob Mankoff, David and Ben Crystal, Natalie Haynes, Steve Jones and Maureen Lipman. Be stimulated by Michael Ignatieff, Phillip Lopate and Adam Mars Jones on The Art of the Essay. Marvel at the psychological acuity and sagacity of Lisa Appignanesi, Stephen Frosh, Eva Frosh, Rachel Lasserson, John Launer, Julia Neuberger and Andrew Solomon. Be absorbed by the imaginative creations of Jenny Erpenbeck, Assaf Gavron, Linda Grant, Howard Jacobson, Charles Lewinsky, Charlotte Mendelson, Andrew Miller and Doron Rabinovici.Tease your palates with the Middle Eastern Food Scene. Consider Israel's choices with Peter Beinart, Roger Cohen, Jonathan Freedland, Michael Ignatieff, Simon Schama and Raja Shehadeh. Be bowled over by the stories and jazz of Ella Leya. Be led into the 60s fashion world by Robert Elms and John Simons. Listen to John Lahr expound on Tennessee Williams, Helena Kennedy and Jacqueline Rose on feminist issues, Philippe Sands and Göran Rosenberg. Hear Ivan Fallon drawing out David Alliance on his extraordinary life.

Uncover the secret world of espionage. Pick up brilliant conversants on the paradoxical theories of Pope Francis, judging book prizes, philosophy now, contemporary art markets, the French Resistance. Savour the wisdom of AB Yehoshua. Consider the interplay between the world stage and the personal, the heroic and the blighted. Enter into the sophisticated world of The New Yorker. Think art and archaeology; parents and children; WW2 and its aftermath; the ancient world and the modern world; Israel then and now; moral and economic conundrums; history and politics. All this and more can be rediscovered through revisiting Jewish Book Week 2015. Just click on the event icon and it will take you to the recording or video to listen to or watch in situ or download for future use. Visit the archive to access past festivals.  

The JBW Newsfeed

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from German by Susan Bernofsky and published by Portobello Books, has won the 2015Independent...
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Jim Shepard on his new novel, The Book of Aron.Doctor Janusz Korczak, a legendary child philanthropist in the inter-war period in Eastern Europe and...
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


Highlights from the 2015 festival are now online.