Sydney Jewish Writers Festival Opening Night

August 16, 2017 by J-Wire
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Shalom has announced the official opening for the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival  next weekend.

International, interstate and local guest author will attend the event.

The evening begins at 7:45pm on Saturday 26 with a multi-sensory music and storytelling session with local band Masha’s Legacy. A melting pot of influences, Masha’a Legacy has played at previous Shir Madness festivals and celebrates harmony and diversity with its multi-ethnic make-up and global musicians. Their music combines jazz, klezmer, flamenco and more.

From 8:30pm-10pm there are two sessions to choose from:

Israel – from the inside out A panel moderated by Michaela Kalowski discussing how we write and talk about Israel. The panel includes renowned Israeli academic and writer Gadi Taub, author of The Settlers; Megan Goldin, Australian foreign correspondent for the ABC and Reuters in Israel and Middle East, and now published author of the book The Girl in Kellers Way; and Alex Ryvchin, Public Affairs Director at the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and author of The Anti-Israel Agenda. (Taub will also be speaking to Debbie Whitmont on Sunday 27th August from 2pm – 3pm and Ryvchin’s book launch will be on Sunday 27th August at 7:15pm).

‘A Boy in Winter’ – in conversation with Rachel Seiffert

Rachel Seiffert is one of the UK’s most critically acclaimed contemporary novelists. Her first book, The Dark Room (2001), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and made into the feature film Lore.In her new book A Boy in Winter, Seiffert asks the brave question: how does it feel to be on the wrong side of history? Set in November 1941, against the sparse backdrop of a small Ukrainian town, Seiffert’s novel steers clear of overt descriptions of Nazi horror and focuses instead on the particulars of place and people to disclose the deep and inescapable dread of this era in our history. Seiffert’s writing is compelling and spare and continuously informed by her own family history and the knowledge that her grandparents were themselves Nazis. Seiffert will speak to Melbourne author Leah Kaminsky.

Wine and desserts included in the ticket. Book at or call 9381 4000

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