SJWF: full program released

July 24, 2015 by J-Wire News Service
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Ground breaking Israeli television director and writer of Prisoners of War and Homeland, Gideon Raff, New York Times foreign affairs editor Roger Cohen and German-Nigerian author Jennifer Teege, whose grandfather was a brutal Nazi commandant, are three of the headline speakers at the upcoming Sydney Jewish Writers Festival (SJWF) this August 29-30.The SJWF has just launched its full program packed with fascinating sessions on BDS, Frank Lowy, Iran, General Monash, South African history, Holocaust memorialisation, raising teens and much more.

Gidi Raff

Gidi Raff

The Festival opens Saturday night with the launch of Leah Kaminsky’s latest novel, The Waiting Room, plus an extended session exploring the complexities of Israel with the three international guests plus Dr Dvir Abramovich from the University of Melbourne. All three international guests will also have one-on-one interviews during the Festival exploring their extraordinary stories in more depth.

The Festival continues all day Sunday from 10:00am – 6:45pm with a choice of two sessions available each hour. Highlights include an In Conversation with radio broadcaster and author Ramona Koval about her search for her true parentage. An interview with former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer about his recent book on Jewish general Sir John Monash will also examine Fischer’s claims of Anti-Semitism affecting Monash’s career.

In conjunction with PJ Library the SJWF will also offer two children’s workshops for kids age 6-8 during the Festival where children will make their own storyboards.

For the first time the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival is being hosted by Waverley Council at Waverley Library in Bondi Junction. “This central location, easily accessible by public transport, will make it easier for people to attend the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival and hear our varied authors and writers,” said Festival Director Michael Misrachi. He added that it will also open the Festival to a broader audience of those readers who utilise the library.

Early bird prices for the Festival end Monday July 27.

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