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  • Talma Gotteiner

The Jerusalem International Writers Festival

Hi there,

The 11th International Writers Festival will take place at Mishkenot

Sha'ananim in Jerusalem. The Festival’s program includes cultural events, shows, and unique literary encounters in Jerusalem, featuring some of the most prominent writers from Israel and around the world.

The international authors participating in this year’s Festival include:

Margaret Atwood (Canada), Jennifer Egan (United States), Julia May Jonas (United States), Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde (Iran/Sweden), Marco Missiroli (Italy), Taffy Brodesser-Akner (United States) and Szczepan Twardoch (Poland).

Mishkenot Sha'ananim CEO: Moti Schwartz

Artistic Director: Julia Fermentto-Tzaisler

Festival Director: Einat Ashdot

Evening events: Ronnie Brodetzky

WHEN: May 7-11, 2023

The Jerusalem International Writers Festival
Photo Credit: Luis Mora


  • PEN Israel's conference – Senior members of the global organization, which advocates for freedom of expression in over 127 countries, will visit Israel for the first time for a conference with members of the Israeli literary scene to discuss the foundation of PEN Israel.

  • The opening event of the Festival: Etgar Keret and Kobi Meidan on the uncertain future of literature (realist or otherwise).

  • An evening in honor of Sami Michael, who celebrates his 93rd birthday this year.

  • Celebrating the unique work by Orly Castel-Bloom.

  • Encounters with indie singer-songwriters, new voices in Israeli literature, a spotlight on Israel’s independent bookstores, settling the score with the canon, queer memoirs, the decline of Ashkenazi culture, creators of some of the most controversial political tv series, salons hosted by Jerusalemite authors, “Tree House Kids” for the whole family, and comedian Ilan Peled with the wildest poetry recital in the Middle East.

The International Writers Festival at Mishkenot Sha'ananim will take place between May 7-11, 2023. The Festival presents a varied program of events for the general public, featuring the best writers and artists from Israel and around the world, standalone meetings with writers, performances of original poetry and music, film screenings, art exhibitions, night-time cultural events for grown-ups, children’s performances and much more.

Moti Schwartz, Mishkenot Sha'ananim CEO: “The International Writers Festival in Jerusalem, which has established itself in Israel and internationally, acquires additional significance this year in listening to and giving voice to people addressing the zeitgeist. I thank those men and women authors who speak, create, write, and dream in so many different languages, who will visit Jerusalem this year to tell their stories, argue, cooperate, and create a common language in meetings with the public and with the local community of writers.”

The Festival's funding is thanks to the support of the Jerusalem Foundation, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Keren Bracha, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and others.


For a full program of events and to obtain tickets, please visit the website: Jerusalem Writers Festival 2023.



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