Life Stories at Jewish Book Week 2018

A scintillating array of life on the stage, in the arts, in broadcasting, politics, and the spiritual realm.

Alba Arikha shares her memories of growing up in a glamorous Parisian apartment with her talented and famous parents – her mother, the poet Anne Atik, her father, the artist Avigdor Arikha – not to mention her godfather, Samuel Becket. In conversation with Griselda Pollock and Professor Janet Wolff, whose own memoir is a blend of memories of growing up in Manchester in the 50s and 60s, literature and art.

Renowned journalist Martin Bell reflects on over fifty years of covering global conflicts from the front line.

Acclaimed concert pianist and artist Anthya Cohen recalls her life, from her childhood in pre-war South Africa, to her debut on the international stage.

Yael Dayan looks back on her career as a politician and activist, in conversation with Janet Suzman.

Laura Freeman, in conversation with Viv Groskop and Alex Clark, reveals how reading saved her life in her battle with anorexia.

Afua Hirsch, reflecting on her British, Ghanaian and Jewish heritage, discusses identity.

Theatre, opera, and film director, Nicholas Hytner, on life at the National Theatre's helm, with David Hare.

June Kenton, the Queen’s corsetière, discusses how she transformed Rigby & Peller into an international brand. Chaired by Vanessa Feltz.

Rabbi Levy, in conversation with Norman Lebrecht, discusses his incomparable contribution to both the Sephardi Community and the wider Jewish Community.

Joanne Limburg offers an exquisite and heart-breaking memoir of her childhood, her Jewishness, and loss.

George Prochnik, in a compelling mix of biography and personal memoir, traces the life and thought of Gershom Scholem, the visionary founder of the modern study of Kabbalah.

Antony Sher discusses his year researching, rehearsing and performing King Lear for the RSC. In conversation with the production's director, Gregory Doran.

Journalist, broadcaster and commanding figure in the arts, John Tusa offers a fascinating romp through 60 years of making friends, and sometimes enemies, at the heart of British media and the arts.

 

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