The idea of a Leeds Jewish Literary Festival has been around for some time. Over the years there have been a number of books published about Jewish life in Leeds including “From The Leylands to Leeds 17” and “Painting The Town Silver”. There was clearly an appetite for more and the idea of a festival was well received. In September 2015 a small group got together to make this a reality. March 2016 will be a month of Jewish words for all in Leeds and we invite you to support our inaugural festival events.
We hope that there will be something for everyone and welcome your suggestions for the future.
Please support us and come along to our events.
Supported with funding from Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council
in association with
OUR LAUNCH EVENT
Visit to The British Library at Boston Spa
WORLD BOOK DAY
We are celebrating World Book Day
“UNEXPECTED ISRAEL” A TALK BY RUTH CORMAN
Stories you never read in the media by Ruth Corman.
“WRITING FOR RADIO” A TALK BY VANESSA ROSENTHAL
The talk will be presented by Vanessa Rosenthal who is a widely experienced actor and writer for theatre and broadcast.
This will be an informal relaxed evening facilitated by Yorkshire poet and speaker James Nash and Matthew Hedley Stoppard.
“THE WITCHFINDER GENERAL, A POLITICAL ODYSSEY” A TALK BY JOYCE GOULD, BARONESS GOULD OF POTTERNEWTON.
Joyce Gould, Baroness Gould of Potternewton, will be talking about her book and her life in politics and beyond.
A LITERARY VIEW OF PURIM- A TALK BY RABBI GLICKMAN
A talk by Rabbi Glickman about the words of the Megilla – their literacy and meaning.
“SHYLOCK IS MY NAME” HOWARD JACOBSON – BOOK CLUB
This event is a “book club on a grand scale” presented by the Man Booker Award winning author Howard Jacobson.
10:30 Refreshments and welcome by Phil Spence, Chief Operating Officer
11:00 The Hebrew Collection by Ilana Tahan, lead curator on the Hebrew & Christian Orient Collections
12:30 Vegetarian Lunch (supervised food available on request)
14:00 Optional tour of the British Library site
PLEASE NOTE ELEMENTS OF THE TOUR ARE STRENUOUS INCLUDING STAIRS
Transport can be arranged, if required
Barcelona Haggadah, Catalonia, Spain, 14th century.
Mnemonic for Passover
BL Add. MS 14761, f. 24v
Copyright © The British Library Board
As part of the Milim festival and to celebrate World Book Day, The Zone will be hosting a diverse exhibition incorporating stories, songs and poems from Jewish and Israeli literature.Leeds Launch of PJ Library 08:45, 12:45, 14:45, 16:45
PJ library gives away high quality Jewish books to families with children from 6 months to 8 years. Come along to one of the launch sessions to find out how you can join and become a PJ family.
Ruth is a London-based photographer, art consultant and curator, as well as the former director of the British Israel Arts Foundation. Her presentation combines readings of some of the stories with a showing of the images that illustrate them.
The talk will be presented by Vanessa Rosenthal who is a widely experienced actor and writer for theatre and broadcast. For the BBC she originated and devised Writing The Century for BBC Radio 4 and has also written for Woman's Hour, Afternoon Theatre and Saturday Afternoon Theatre. She will talk about the techniques employed to create character, place and time with particular emphasis on the challenge of turning real lives as recorded in diaries and letters into drama. Sample scripts will be discussed.
This will be an informal relaxed evening facilitated by Yorkshire poet and speaker James Nash and Matthew Hedley Stoppard which will see a stream of like-minded poets and poetry lovers gather together for an event that will wax lyrical on everything that rhymes, or does not.
Joyce Gould, Baroness Gould of Potternewton, will be talking about her book and her life in politics and beyond. Born and bred in Chapeltown and Harehills she has had a long career in the Labour Party and was created a Life Peer in 1993. She has been involved in a wide range of organisations covering issues such as antiracism, women’s rights, civil liberties and sexual health.
The evening will be hosted by Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East who describes her as a “valued and highly respected Labour colleague”.
A talk and discussion about the words of the Megilla – their literacy and meaning. Find out how and why the story is told the way it is.
This event is a “book club on a grand scale” presented by the Man Booker Award winning author Howard Jacobson. He has written an update of the Merchant of Venice to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Howard brings his singular brilliance to his modern re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s most unforgettable characters – Shylock.
Brian Daniels, Playwright and Theatre Producer will chair the evening.
The book is available from the 4th February and readers are invited to this prestigious event to chat with the author and ask questions.
This event is sponsored by
author: Joyce Gould