Jewish Book Week
The 69th festival is the most accessible and far-reaching yet. Featuring Oscar-winners, internationally acclaimed writers, British comedy icons and France’s most-famous female rabbi, the festival is entirely online, streaming to wherever you are in the world.
Events throughout March – Kings Place
Europe and the Future of Innovation
How can Europe further science and innovation? What are the ingredients of future innovation? What is this new wave of innovation about? What are our particular strengths and weaknesses? Former European Commissioner Carlos Moedas addresses these questions on the role of innovation in Europe's future.
Wednesday 3 March, 18:00-19:15 – UCL
SoA @ Home: Afternoon Tea with Alan Titchmarsh
Grab a virtual cuppa with broadcaster, gardener and writer Alan Titchmarsh and find out about his life, work and creative routine – in conversation with novelist Margaret Skea.
Thursday 4 March, 14:30-15:15 – Society of Authors
Racing against the Virus, with Professor Sarah Gilbert
To mark international women’s day, this year’s Humanists UK Rosalind Franklin Lecturer Professor Sarah Gilbert (Oxford Project Leader for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine), will chart the incredible work undertaken to bring about a life-saving vaccine in the space of less than a year.
Friday 5 March, 19:00-20:30 – Humanists UK
Covid-19: Addressing vaccination inequality in an interconnected world
Director of SOAS Professor Adam Habib chairs an important debate on the availability of vaccines to the global south, featuring Dr. Peter Singer (Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organisation), Dr. Segenet Kelemu (Director General and CEO of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology) and Martin Wolf CBE (Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times).
Tuesday 9 March, 17:00-18:30 – SOAS
People Like Us
Judith Johnson’s, powerful, fast-moving, humorous and timely contemporary drama tells the story of Tyler and Gemma. Both are 16, but apart from detention seem to have little in common. Until Tyler finds out Gemma is a young carer, just like him… commissioned to coincide with Young Carers Awareness action day.
Tuesday 16 March – Theatre of Debate
Endell Street: The women who ran Britain’s trailblazing military hospital
Explore the startling story of the pioneering women who ran Endell Street, a trailblazing military hospital during the First World War, with journalist and author Wendy Moore.
Thursday 18 March, 18:00-19:00 – Royal College of Physicians
The Pandemic, the NHS and Me
As part of Jewish Book Week, Kings Place will be broadcasting a discussion between two bestselling authors who experienced Coronavirus first hand, as patient and doctor. Poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen, who spent much of last year suffering from the virus, will be in conversation with palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke who cares deeply about standing up for her patients and the NHS
Wednesday 24 March, 19:00 – Kings Place
Thinking On Sunday: Britain and Borders – A Story of Migration, Race and Law
Debunking media myths that vilify migrants, In her book Border Nation Leah Cowan dives into the murky waters of corporate profiteering over borders from companies like G4S, and the exploitation of migrants through the shady rhetoric of modern slavery. She looks at what it is really like to be a migrant in the UK, and how detention and deportation damages mental and physical health.
Sunday 28 March, 15:00-16:30 – Conway Hall
Poet in the City Presents: Virgil’s Aeneid
Virgil’s legendary Aeneid is an epic Latin masterpiece that tells the tale of Aeneas who flees from Troy, and forges his way across the Mediterranean in search of sanctuary. In this event, Poet in the City will be considering the lessons of Virgil’s Aeneid in the context of contemporary refugee issues.
Monday 29 March, 19:30-21:00 – Poet in the City
Girls’ Education in Fragile Contexts: How to deliver a programme where the risks are high
This online conference brings together donors, ministries and civil society organisations to discuss key challenges and lessons learned in implementing the Steps Towards Afghan Girls Education Success (STAGES) programme in Afghanistan as well as girl’s education programmes in other fragile contexts.
Wednesday 31 March, 9:30-18:45 – Aga Khan Foundation UK