Speaking Events

October 6, 20225.30pm Canberra (7.30am London)Canberra (Australia)
Australian National University

Online book launch for Australia, co-hosted by the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra and the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University in Geelong. Click to register.

October 18, 202212 noon CDTChicago, IL (USA)
Northwestern University

In-person book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem at the Crown Family Center for Jewish & Israel Studies, hosted by Roberto Mazza. Details to follow soon!

October 19, 20227 PM CDTLincoln, NE (USA)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Swanson Auditorium

In-person book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem hosted by Harris Center for Judaic Studies. Click for venue events page.

October 20, 20227 PM PDTSeattle, WA (USA)
Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave East

In-person book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem. Click for details.

October 21, 20227 PM PDTSeattle, WA (USA)
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave

In-person bookstore conversation with Pam Mandel, author of The Same River Twice. Click for details.

October 23, 202211 AM PDTSan Francisco, CA (USA)
Congregation Kol Shofar, 215 Blackfield Dr, Tiburon

In-person book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem. Click to register.

October 24, 20227 PM EDTIndianapolis, IN (USA)
JCC, 6701 Hoover Rd

In-person talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem as part of the Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts, interviewed by Gadi Boukai. $10. Click to register.

October 25, 20227 PM EDTAnn Arbor, MI (USA)
Schuler Books (Nicola's), Westgate Shopping Center, 2513 Jackson Ave

In-person book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem. Click for details.

October 26, 20226 PM EDTBoone, NC (USA)
Appalachian State University, 287 Rivers St

In-person book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem.

October 27, 20227 PM EDTSouth Hadley, MA (USA)
Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St

In-person book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem. Click for details.

October 29, 20223:30 PM EDTBoston, MA (USA)
Boston Book Festival, Copley Sq

In conversation with Prof Joseph Sassoon, author of The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire, for the Boston Book Festival.

October 30, 20222:30 PM EDTNew Haven, CT (USA)
Palestine Museum, 1764 Litchfield Turnpike, Woodbridge

In-person book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem. Click for venue event page.

October 31, 202212 noon EDTProvidence, RI (USA)
Brown University, Joukowsky Forum at Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St

In-person book talk for Nine Quarters of Jerusalem, in conversation with Prof Nadje Al-Ali and Prof Katy Galor. Click for details.

November 2, 20221 PM EDTWashington, DC (USA)
Palestine Center/Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia Ave NW

In-person book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem. Click for venue events page.

November 3, 2022Private eventNew York (USA)
Abraham Path Initiative

In-person talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem for private charity fundraiser.

November 9, 20222.30pm GMTMaidenhead (UK)
Maidenhead Women's Group for European Friendship

Book talk and discussion on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem.

November 23, 2022tbcLondon (UK)

In-person talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem for charity fundraising event in central London. More details soon!

I’ve spoken to audiences large and small, online and in person, in local bookshops and on stage at cultural events and literary festivals. I am happy to consider all invitations. Subjects could include the history and communities of Jerusalem, my travels in and beyond the Middle East, why Antarctica matters, or the process and impact of writing. Please email me at [email protected] to discuss options and possibilities.

Past Events

September 13, 2022Jerusalem
Council for British Research in the Levant

Conversation with artist/academic Bisan Abu Eisheh, hosted live online from Jerusalem by the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL). Click for details.

September 4, 2022New Haven, CT (USA)
Palestine Museum US

Online presentation and book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem. Click for video.

August 1, 2022Leeds, UK

Book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem and webinar for a UK culture and ideas project. Click for video.

July 6, 2022Oxford, UK
Oxford Jewish Congregation

Online presentation on Jerusalem and book talk for the community’s Mosaic cultural programme.

June 2, 2022Groningen, Netherlands
University of Groningen

Online lecture and student discussion on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem, led by Dr Sasha Goldstein-Sabbah, professor of Middle Eastern Studies.

May 19, 2022Jerusalem
Swedish Study Centre

Book talk and discussion with a live audience in the Old City of Jerusalem.

May 18, 2022Jerusalem
St George's Cathedral

Lecture and discussion in front of a live audience, hosted by the Reverend Canon Richard Sewell, Dean of St George’s College, Jerusalem.

May 16, 2022Jerusalem
American Colony Hotel

Joint book launch and conversation with Palestinian author Raja Shehadeh, in front of a live audience in the American Colony’s historic Pasha Room.

May 9, 2022Ramallah, Palestine
French-German Cultural Centre

Book launch for Nine Quarters of Jerusalem, with live audience.

April 4, 2022Nottingham, UK
Five Leaves Bookshop

Online lecture and discussion on Jerusalem and Jewish identity, hosted by Ross Bradshaw. Click for details.

March 29, 2022Oxford, UK
Oxford Literary Festival

Book talk on Nine Quarters of Jerusalem at the Weston Lecture Theatre with live audience. Click for details.

March 16, 2022Jerusalem
Educational Bookshop

Online book launch and discussion with Mahmoud Muna of the Educational Bookshop, Jerusalem. Co-hosted by Bethlehem Cultural Festival and Balfour Project. Click for video.

March 10, 2022London, UK
CAABU & MBI Foundation

Online lecture and launch event for Nine Quarters of Jerusalem, hosted by Chris Doyle of the Council for Arab-British Understanding. Click for video.

December 16, 2021New Jersey & Jerusalem
Abraham Path Initiative

Illustrated talk and discussion with host Anisa Mehdi, plus guests joining live from Jerusalem. Click for video.

September 24, 2017Banbury, UK
The Big Feed

Organiser and speaker at local food and culture festival.

November 20, 2016Banbury, UK
Banbury Literary Live

Invited speaker on travel and travel writing.

November 10, 2016Banbury, UK
Town Hall

Speaker at major ticketed event for charity on travel to Antarctica.

May 17, 2016Cambridge, UK
British Antarctic Survey

Invited speaker at private event on travel to Antarctica and conditions at Halley base.

June 13, 2015Banbury, UK

Speaker at launch event for Rough Guide to the Cotswolds.

November 9, 2014St Albans, UK
St Albans Lit Fest

Speaker on travel and tourism in the Middle East.

September 22, 2013Banbury, UK
Banbury Lit Fest

Invited speaker on travel and travel writing.

November 6, 2012London, UK
Travel Blog Camp

Main speaker on challenges facing travel journalists and bloggers.

August 22, 2012London, UK
Royal Geographical Society

Keynote speaker at event marking the 200th anniversary of the rediscovery of Petra, Jordan.

October 16, 2011Thame, UK
Thame Literary Festival

Invited speaker on travel in the Middle East.

February 16, 2011Providence, RI, USA
Educational Travel Conference

Talks and panels over several days of the Educational Travel Conference.

October 31, 2010Amman, Jordan
Jordan Tourism Board

Invited speaker on media and tourism.

March 25, 2009London, UK
Abraham Path Initiative

Invited speaker on “Unknown Jordan”.

February 28, 2009London, UK
Royal Geographical Society

Panel discussion about Middle East tourism at the Travellers’ Tales Festival.

June 15, 2008Oxford, UK
Oxford Jewish Congregation

Talk and discussion about tourism in Jordan.

January 11, 2007London, UK
Destinations Travel Show

A series of talks about Jordan and Middle East travel.

November 20, 2006Switzerland

A week of travel talks about Jordan in cities around Switzerland.

January 15, 2006London, UK
Destinations Travel Show

Highlights of travel around Jordan.

January 14, 2005London, UK
Destinations Travel Show

Insights into travel in Jordan.