Welcome to the Melbourne Jewish Book Week Festival 2024!

The Festival theme of ‘Belonging’ includes over 20 sessions, featuring acclaimed local and international authors. Sessions will be addressing topics such as family, memoir, mental health, holocaust, fiction, current affairs, Yiddish, poetry and children’s events. 

Buy the ‘Festival Sunday’ full day pass and get 8 sessions for the price of 5. 

Important things to note:

  • You will be asked to select your chosen session for each time slot at check out.
  • Can’t attend the full day? No worries, you can purchase individual sessions as required. 
  • Want to pre-order your lunch? Just pick 1 of our 3 lunchbox options at checkout or visit our ‘Lunchbox’ page.
  • Planning on attending the much anticipated ‘Opening Night – Of Ghosts and Golems’? Purchase our bundle ticket option at checkout to save!

The schedule is as follows:
(Please see individual events for more information on each session)

1. JQ live – Whitewash: The Jews and Poland
2. Laugh a Little: An exposé on resilience

1. Journalism and its Discontents
2. In Conversation with Marina Benjamin: On sleepless nights and midlife crises

1. The Ultimate Betrayal: When children are prey
2. In Conversation with Hila Blum: On love and literature

12.30- 1.20pm:
1. Arnold Zable: A Life in Words
2. A View From the Couch: Lifting the lid on mental health
3. For the love of bubba

1. When Fact Becomes Fiction: Bringing history to life
2. Shaping Identity, Writing the Soul; Memoir
3. Revelations – Poetry as Performance

1. Don’t Look Away: New contemporary fiction

2. Modern Family: The ties that bind
3. Yiddish hauntings in new fiction and film

1. On Being Jewish: Michael Gawenda
2. Unforgotten: The Shoah and ancestors lost

1. On Being Jewish: Michael Gawenda
2. Unforgotten: The Shoah and ancestors lost

3. Writing as a Jew: A practical workshop
*Please note: Lee Kofman’s workshop is not included in your ‘Festival Sunday’ all day pass. This unique event has a limited capacity and must be purchased separately.

1. Mark Raphael Baker: His Literary and Intellectual Legacy (4:30-6pm)
2. The Beth Din of Books: Best reads from those in the know – Free event (4:30-5:30pm)

Children’s Sessions:

We also have 3 exciting Children’s Sessions! These events are not included in your ‘Festival Sunday’ all day pass. Please visit the links below to check them out and book:

Max and the Wild Things – Children’s Session 1

The World According to Idan – Children’s Session 2

Scratch and Sniff with Tammi – Children’s Session 3

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday, 18th August!