Books will be on sale after each event from our book-selling partner West End Lane Books.

Tickets for the live in person events at The Henrietta Barnett School can be purchased below. 

  • Each live event ticket is £10, unreserved. Under 25s can attend for £7.50 per live event.

  • All events will be viewable online from  2 July. Individual recorded events are £5 each.  



  • Online Pass - An online pass is available to view all recorded events for £25, saving up to £20 if events purchased individually. 

  • Free Tea or Coffee and Cake - Buy tickets for 3 or more live in person LitFest events on Saturday or Sunday and get a free tea or coffee and cake in the LitFest Cafe. 

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Keke Keukelaar

26 June 2022


The Henrietta Barnett School
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Howard Jacobson
Howard Jacobson

Mother's Boy

Georgina Godwin

In a book infused with trademark humour and bittersweet memories, the award- winning novelist, commentator and broadcaster explores the exquisite dichotomy of being both English and Jewish, of belonging and not belonging, of being simultaneously an insider and outsider.

He takes us from the growing pains of childhood to studying at Cambridge before landing in Australia as a maverick young professor via a spell selling handbags from his father's market stall. The Sunday Times called it “brilliantly funny” and an “outstanding example of his comic outsider angst that he makes his own”.

Howard has written 16 novels and five works of non-fiction. He won the 2010 Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question. In 2000 he received the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for The Mighty Walzer, repeating his triumph in 2013 with Zoo Time.

He is in conversation with Georgina Godwin, books editor and presenter for internet radio station Monocle 24. Georgina is a regular host at UK festivals and one of the founders of the Harare International Festival, now Africa's largest arts event.

Ticket Options:


In Person Event - £10 - Ticket to attend the LitFest event at The Henrietta Barnett School. Public Sales open on 25 April.


View Event Recording - £5 - Ticket to view a recording of a single event. Recordings will be posted online on 2 July.


LitFest Pass - All Recordings - £25 -Ticket to view all 9 LitFest recordings to be posted online on 2 July, saving up to £20.