Kay, Silva and Shafak to feature at Jewish Book Week

Kay, Silva and Shafak to feature at Jewish Book Week

Afua Hirsch, Adam Kay, Elif Shafak and Rohan Silva are among the names featuring in this year's Jewish Book Week which "explores the fallout from a rollercoaster year".

The nine-day programme of events will kick off on Saturday (3rd March), and includes Anne Applebaum, Arkady Ostrovsky and Shaun Walker speaking on Russia’s ghosts; Jonathan Freedland, Howard Jacobson and Simon Schama's take on president Donald Trump; eminent psychiatrist Philip Graham, and leading psychoanalyst Rosine Perelberg, discussing men and sex; and Douglas Murray, with Rod Liddle, arguing against permeable European borders.

The festival will also offer "illuminating" discussions on music, science, theatre, gardening, food and wine. Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt will deliver a unique talk on the Garden of Eden’s impact on art, literature and myth; David Thomson will provide his insights into Warner Bros., the "ultimate family business"; Penelope Lively will enlighten vistors on the pleasures and passions of gardening in literature, with Charlotte Mendelson; and Marcus Chown will explore the latest research on gravitational waves.

At either end of the festival, a live drama on the relationship between Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan will provide the overture and a concert based on the Great American songbook the finale. The opening night’s Big Debate will deal with a "massive canvas", addressing "all the most important aspects of our global future" including IT, geopolitics, and the future of liberal democracy.

Weekend and weekday evening events will be held at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG, while lunchtime midweek events will take place at JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET.

Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone or in person.