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Saturday, August 27
 

7:30pm

Israel’s battle lines

There's Lebanon to the north, Gaza to the south, and Iran looming in the background. Social divides with the Ultra-Orthodox, corruption, and a feeling that the country is leaderless. It seems that Israel is never without a multitude of external and internal challenges. A political activist who defies stereotypes, and an experienced journalist who tells it as it is, discuss the biggest issues confronting Israel – inside and out – and how she might possibly triumph on these explosive battle fronts.


Moderators
avatar for Debbie Whitmont

Debbie Whitmont

Debbie Whitmont, a lawyer by training, first joined Four Corners as a researcher in 1986 and later became a producer, associate producer and reporter  which is her current role. As a producer she won the Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy Award for The Forgotten Famine. She also won a Logie for Other People’s Money. From 1993-1996 Debbie was ABC TV’s Middle East... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman

Matti was born in Toronto and now lives in Jerusalem.  His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, America’s premier Jewish writing award. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and Tablet Magazine. Two essays about the media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war triggered intense international discussion.  Matti’s new book about the contentious... Read More →
avatar for Rabbi Dov Lipman

Rabbi Dov Lipman

Dov Lipman served as a member of Knesset (2013-2015) with the Yesh Atid party. He is currently  the Director of Public Diplomacy in the Vice-Chairman's office of the World Zionist Organization. Dov is an educator, author, and community activist in Bet Shemesh where he lives with his wife and four children. Rabbi Lipman has a rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins... Read More →


Saturday August 27, 2016 7:30pm - 8:40pm
Bondi Pavilion Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

9:00pm

The music of poetry: Performing Yehuda Amichai

Modern Israel’s most beloved poet, Yehuda Amichai, is brought to life like you’ve never heard before. Cellist and composer Adi Sappir and author Lee Kofman offer a stirring, musical rendering of Amichai’s poetry. Weaving the personal and the universal, the sensual and the theological, Amichai inspired international acclaim with his original, accessible and moving verses. This performance illuminates the soul of a poet and a nation, and uplifts audiences anew. 


Speakers
avatar for Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman is the author of four books, including the memoir The Dangerous Bride and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters, an anthology of memoirs by prominent Australian writers. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, UK, Scotland, Israel, Canada and US, including in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. Her blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. 
avatar for Adi Sappir

Adi Sappir

Adi is a Melbourne based Israeli cellist and vocalist who delivers a musical fusion of  ‘East meets West’. She composes lyrical stories which reflect her cultural background and personal experience and  is well known for combining her music with different art forms creating a multidimensional  experience. As well as producing solo albums Adi also performs in her long-term band, The Mercurials. She has collaborated... Read More →


Saturday August 27, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Bondi Pavilion Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
 
Sunday, August 28
 

9:45am

Children's workshop 1: Has a Book Got a Spine?

Registration from 9.45am for 10am start. Workshop runs from 10-11am

In this fun and interactive workshop children will experiment with language, exploring its diversity and complexity. They will be challenged to think about how and why the same word is used in different contexts – Has a bottle got a neck? Has a shoe got a tongue?
Suitable for children in Years K-3.
Hosted by PJ Library and the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival.


Speakers
avatar for Erica Bentel

Erica Bentel

Erica Bentel is a copywriter and author who believes that language is fun. In her books Can You Crack Them? and Has a Book Got a Spine? she plays with language, encouraging children to think outside the box. Her books appeared on the list of WA Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge 2013/2014 and her workshops are popular with children across Australia. Bentel lives in Perth, Western Australia.  | |


Sunday August 28, 2016 9:45am - 11:00am
Children's activity room Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

10:00am

Refugee voices

The headlines and rhetoric about boat people often bury the extraordinary measures that refugees take to leave their homelands, apply for asylum and rebuild their lives. Kooshyar Karimi’s flight from Iran and harrowing fight to keep his family alive as asylum seekers in Turkey offers astonishing insight into the gritty determination needed to survive these traumatic events. He is joined by storyteller and human rights advocate Arnold Zable, who writes extensively and poignantly about the refugee experience – memory and history, displacement and dislocation. 


Moderators
avatar for Toni Whitmont

Toni Whitmont

Toni Whitmont has spent a life time fascinated by how we communicate, in particular how we send and receive our messages, how we listen and how we hear each other, the stories we tell each other and ourselves. After careers in both journalism and book selling, she finally had time to expand into her passion, sound healing. In her practice Sacred Vessels Sound Healing she empowers people  to listen to the messages of their own hearts... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr Kooshyar Karimi

Dr Kooshyar Karimi

Kooshyar Karimi was born in 1968 in Tehran. He overcame prejudice against being Jewish in a fundamentalist Islamic state to become a doctor and a translator, often using his skills to save unmarried pregnant women from death by stoning.  Kooshyar escaped from Iran to Turkey where he waited for UN refugee status at the mercy of Kafkaesque red tape. Finally making it to Australia he practices as a GP and has written three gripping books... Read More →
avatar for Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns and Violin Lessons. Arnold has written numerous feature articles, columns, reviews and essays as well as works for theatre. He has conducted numerous writing workshops and has been a visiting lecturer in creative writing at... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

10:00am

I’m still here: Survivors speak

Three survivors share three different experiences of one of the 20th century’s most cataclysmic events, the Holocaust. Baba Schwartz tells her story for the very first time, about a happy childhood in Hungary before suffering the horrors of Auschwitz. Also from Hungary is Frank Vajda, who was saved by the intervention of Raoul Wallenberg. And Marcel Weyland, saved by a Sugihara visa, flees Lodz with his family to find refuge in Shanghai. As the passing of time robs us of the opportunity to hear from survivors first-hand, it is more important than ever to hear their stories.


Moderators
avatar for Rita Nash

Rita Nash

Before retiring from paid work Rita managed an independent bookshop for 13 years. Prior to that she was a teacher and teacher-librarian in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions during which she published numerous professional articles and presented many conference and seminar papers. She described the process of coming to terms with her Holocaust background in her story ‘The Last Barrier’ which was published in Children of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Baba Schwartz

Baba Schwartz

Baba Schwartz’s story began before the Holocaust could have been imagined enjoying life as a spirited girl in a warm and loving Jewish family . This idyll was shattered in 1944 when the Nazis transported the 3000 Jews of her town to Auschwitz. Her father died in the gas chambers but her mother and her two sisters survived, eventually escaping the final death march to be liberated by the  Russian army. Her book The May Beetles was... Read More →
avatar for Frank Vajda

Frank Vajda

Frank Vajda,  AM, Officer 1st Class Royal Order of Polar Star (Sweden), MD FRCP FRACP, is a consultant neurologist, a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and the Director of the Australian Pregnancy Register of Antiepileptic Drugs. He is also the International Ambassador for Epilepsy, a member of the International Pregnancy Register Board and Past President of Epilepsy Society of Australia. As well as being head of the Free... Read More →
avatar for Marcel Weyland

Marcel Weyland

Marcel escaped war-time Poland in 1940 and arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1946. He is an architect with a law degree, and is an interpreter and renowned translator of Polish poetry.  Marcel has lectured and given readings extensively in London, Poland, Lithuania, New Zealand and throughout Australia, and has been invited to three successive International Congresses of Translators held in Krakow, Poland. He has been awarded the Order of... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
Theatrette Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

10:00am

Writers workshop: Writing yourself and others as characters

You may know yourself and the people in your life well, but how do you make yourself and others known to readers who have never met you? How do you express in writing people’s complexities, paradoxes and idiosyncrasies? How do you animate them and bring them to life on the page? In this 2-hour workshop, be guided by acclaimed author Lee Kofman to develop compelling characters and characterise them vividly for readers. All levels of writing experience welcome. Limited places.


Speakers
avatar for Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman is the author of four books, including the memoir The Dangerous Bride and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters, an anthology of memoirs by prominent Australian writers. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, UK, Scotland, Israel, Canada and US, including in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. Her blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. 


Sunday August 28, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Fishbowl Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

11:00am

Children's workshop 2: Can You Crack Them? Word puzzles

 Registration from 11am. Workshop runs from 11.15-12.15

This workshop will challenge your child to think laterally and appreciate the power of playing with language. In a fun and dynamic way, children will not only laugh out loud, but also learn just how strange the English language can sometimes be! Using word puzzles, Erica Bentel will lead your child on an exciting journey through language.
Suitable for children in Years 1-5.
Hosted by PJ Library and the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival.


Speakers
avatar for Erica Bentel

Erica Bentel

Erica Bentel is a copywriter and author who believes that language is fun. In her books Can You Crack Them? and Has a Book Got a Spine? she plays with language, encouraging children to think outside the box. Her books appeared on the list of WA Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge 2013/2014 and her workshops are popular with children across Australia. Bentel lives in Perth, Western Australia.  | |


Sunday August 28, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Children's activity room Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

11:15am

I Gave A Gonski: In Conversation with David Gonski
David Gonski, company chairman and director, patron of the arts and philanthropist, has become a household name since the release of the Gonski report into education funding. Caught up in the whirl of politics that ensued, this session lays bare the things that make this leading Australian thinker tick. He shares his passions, personal history as a son of South African migrants and perspectives on some of the most pressing issues in society today, with Kathy Shand.

Moderators
avatar for Kathy Shand

Kathy Shand

Kathy Shand has worked in publishing and the media in New York and London and more recently at the University of Sydney. Kathy was the co-owner/publisher of the Australian Jewish News from 1992 until 2011. She has had extensive community involvement as a Board Member of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation. She was appointed to the Board of the Sydney Writers Festival in 2013 and she now... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Gonski

David Gonski

Company chairman and director, patron of the arts and philanthropist, David Gonski has become a household name since the release of the Gonski report into education funding and has participated in three other reviews for the Australian federal government. David is also Chairman of the Sydney Theatre Company and Chancellor of the University of New South Wales. For his general contribution to society he was awarded the Companion of the Order of... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

11:15am

Inheriting the past – family legacies

Knowing our family history can help us make sense of our past, but what do we make of uncomfortable truths and traumas that echo through generations? Shelley Davidow’s acclaimed memoir Whisperings in the Blood spans four continents and one hundred years as she explores her family’s stories of immigration. Alexandra Joel mixes biography and fiction to illuminate the story of her great grandmother’s scandalous past in Rosetta. They discuss the intergenerational impact of past trauma and grappling with the real, complex lives of our ancestors.


Moderators
avatar for Michaela Kalowski

Michaela Kalowski

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer & facilitator. She's conducted radio interviews for ABC on RN's The Music Show, Big Ideas, on Classic FM & ABC Local Radio. She's facilitated panels at Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Film Festival & All About Women at Sydney Opera House. She's interviewed writers and thinkers from the worlds of arts, science and politics. Highlight interviews include Amos Oz, Tom... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shelley Davidow

Shelley Davidow

Shelley is originally from South Africa and the author of 39 books. She grew up in a bi-racial family at the height of Apartheid. She left South Africa as a young adult just as her writing began to take off with the publication of her first award-winning young adult novel, Freefalling. Shelley has lived and worked on 5 continents, searching for home, which she has finally found on Australia’s east coast. Her most recent book is Raising... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Joel

Alexandra Joel

Alexandra is a former editor of the Harper’s Bazaar (Australian edition) and Portfolio, Australia’s first magazine for working women. She has been a regular contributor to a number of national and metropolitan publications including The Australian and Good Weekend Magazine. Alexandra has also published two books on Australian fashion and national identity.  Best Dressed: 200 Years of Fashion in Australia and of Parade: the... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Theatrette Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

12:30pm

Unearthing Israel’s hidden stories: In Conversation with Matti Friedman

A major Israeli war which scarred a generation and foreshadowed 21st century warfare but almost no one writes about; a sacred biblical text whose pages were pilfered en route from Syria to Israel and remain a mystery. These are the subjects of Matti Friedman’s books: Pumpkinflowers, an unflinching, heart-wrenching personal account of the first Lebanon War, and the award-winning The Aleppo Codex, a real-life, Jewish The Da Vinci Code. Matti talks about his journeys of discovery and reflection, and what it’s like to go viral on Facebook, with Michael Visontay. 


Moderators
avatar for Michael Visontay

Michael Visontay

Michael Visontay has worked for over 30 years as a journalist, author and lecturer. A former Assistant Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, and columnist with the Australian Jewish News, he has ghost-written four books of memoir, including The Happiest Refugee and Undies to Equities: The remarkable life of Henri Aram. His most recent book is Welcome to Wanderland, a history of the Western Sydney Wanderers football club. 

Speakers
avatar for Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman

Matti was born in Toronto and now lives in Jerusalem.  His first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, America’s premier Jewish writing award. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, and Tablet Magazine. Two essays about the media coverage of Israel after the 2014 Gaza war triggered intense international discussion.  Matti’s new book about the contentious... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

12:30pm

The Fighter: In Conversation with Arnold Zable

Like many of Arnold Zable's masterpieces, The Fighter is a multi-layered story which explores themes of displacement, memory, trauma, place, multiculturalism, and the Jewish historical experience. Likened to Bryce Courtenay's The Power of One, The Fighter tells the story of champion boxer-cum-social worker, Henry Nissen, and his mother, who survived the Holocaust but lost her battle with mental illness. Yet it also describes the author himself. A long-standing human rights activist, Arnold talks to Shirli Kirschner about writing and making a difference. 


Moderators
avatar for Shirli Kirschner

Shirli Kirschner

Shirli Kirschner is a facilitator and nationally accredited mediator and coach who works on commercial disputes. She is the dispute resolution advisor for the National Electricity Market and the Wholesale Gas Market as well as a sessional lecturer in the Masters of Law program at UNSW. Shirli volunteers on a number of boards and is on the editorial committee of the journal Australasian Dispute Resolution.

Speakers
avatar for Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable

Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate. His books include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, Café Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns and Violin Lessons. Arnold has written numerous feature articles, columns, reviews and essays as well as works for theatre. He has conducted numerous writing workshops and has been a visiting lecturer in creative writing at... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Theatrette Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

1:30pm

Lunch break
Kosher lunch will be available for purchase.

Sunday August 28, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Waverley Library 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

2:00pm

Like minds: Creating Tashi

Tashi is one of Australia's most beloved children's series and, remarkably, is written by an amazing mother-daughter team. In this session, designed for parents and children to attend together, Barbara and Anna Fienberg share how they work together to unleash their intergenerational creativity, fuse their imaginations, and delight readers. Join the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival and PJ Library as we explore the joys and challenges of writing Tashi, and how relationships can be forged and strengthened through the act of creating, together. Be inspired to be creative with your child. 


Speakers
avatar for Anna Fienberg

Anna Fienberg

Anna Fienberg has written more than forty books for children and young adults. She worked as an editor at School Magazine which published her first story which then became her first book. She went on to win many awards including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Award and the Victorian Premier’s Prize. Together with her mother Barbara, she writes the ever popular Tashi stories, illustrated by Kim Gamble. Their books are... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Fienberg

Barbara Fienberg

Barbara Fienberg loved books from the time she learnt to read, and has been making up her own stories ever since. As a teacher-librarian her greatest joy was to find the right book for the right child – one that would trigger a lifetime of happy reading. For the last 21 years Barbara has been telling stories in the Tashi series which she co-writes with her daughter, Anna. In their books they often borrow from the fairy tales and fables that... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's activity room Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

2:00pm

Book Launch: Rebellious Daughters
This anthology of some of Australia’s most talented female writers relate their experiences of rebellion and defiance as they challenge familial and societal expectations to find their place in the world. Good girls hold their tongues, obey their elders and wait for marriage to determine their destiny. But these rebellious daughters challenge conventions and stereotypes to forge their identities and take control of their lives. The SJWF is honoured to host the Sydney book launch of Rebellious Daughters with the book’s editors and two contributors. 

Moderators
avatar for Maria Katsonis

Maria Katsonis

Maria grew up as a good Greek girl until she discovered her rebellious side abandoning university for a career in the theatre. She managed theatre companies and later become an arts management consultant and theatre producer.  After a decade another career change beckoned and Maria joined the Victorian Public Service. In 2008, Maria experienced a severe episode of depression and  has since become a vocal advocate for mental health as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr Leah Kaminsky

Dr Leah Kaminsky

Leah is an award-winning general physician and writer. She is also Poetry & Fiction Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia and Online Editor at Hunger Mountain. She conceived and edited Writer, M.D., an anthology of contemporary doctor-writers’ work and is co-author of Cracking the Code.  Her first novel, The Waiting Room, was published by Random House in 2015. We’re All Going to Die, Leah’s joyful book about... Read More →
avatar for Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman

Lee Kofman is the author of four books, including the memoir The Dangerous Bride and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters, an anthology of memoirs by prominent Australian writers. Her short works have been widely published in Australia, UK, Scotland, Israel, Canada and US, including in Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays. Her blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. 
avatar for Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham is The Sydney Morning Herald's literary editor. She has been a reporter, feature writer, Good Weekend editor and a Herald deputy editor. Her books include Life in His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist (2008) and My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent (2013).


Sunday August 28, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

2:00pm

The Keeper of Secrets: In Conversation with Julie Thomas

Against the backdrop of the Holocaust and turmoil of the 20th century, Julie Thomas transports us from the present to the past and back again with her beautifully crafted novels. The Keeper of Secrets is the story of a precious violin lost and a family torn apart, and their extraordinary reunion generations later on the other side of the world. With the publication of the highly anticipated sequel, Rachel's Legacy, Julie talks about how these powerful Jewish stories captured her and her readers' imaginations, with Meredith Jaffe.


Moderators
avatar for Meredith Jaffe

Meredith Jaffe

Meredith Jaffé is a writer and occasional book critic. For four years she wrote the weekly literary column 'The Bookshelf' for the online women's magazine The Hoopla.  Meredith regularly chairs panels, presents workshops and interviews authors for literary events.  As a volunteer at The Footpath Library she manages their annual EPIC! writing competition for school children. She is currently working on her next novel in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas has been writing since she was eight when she was fascinated by pre-revolutionary Russia. She has worked in the media in New Zealand for over 25 years and has written several  film scripts and produced television and films. She now writes full-time and has invoked her interest in World War 2 and the Holocaust in The Keeper of Secrets and its sequel, Rachel’s Legacy.


Sunday August 28, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Theatrette Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

3:15pm

The art of investigation

Hollywood may have desensitised us to violent crime and portray forensics as par for the course, but back in 1960, the kidnap and ransom of eight-year-old Graeme Thorne shocked the nation and confronted police detectives with circumstances they had never before encountered. Senior Crown Prosecutor and storyteller, Mark Tedeschi, talks to award-winning investigative journalist Linton Besser about writing true crime and corruption, how the investigation of crime and wrong-doing has changed, and the power of the media to be a force for good or fear.


Moderators
avatar for Linton Besser

Linton Besser

Linton is a multi-award-winning reporter with the ABC's flagship investigative program Four Corners. His journalism in recent years has prompted a series of public inquiries and corruption findings against politicians, businessmen and other public officials. His investigation into fraud in the federal welfare-to-work program resulted in tens of millions of dollars being clawed back to the public purse. He has led Four... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Tedeschi

Mark Tedeschi

Mark Tedeschi is the Senior Crown Prosecutor for New South Wales prosecuting many significant criminal trials in New South Wales. His literary output includes a book on international trade law, articles on environmental, social welfare, business and criminal law, genealogy and history, and two true crime books, Eugenia: a true story of adversity, tragedy, crime and courage and Kidnapped: The crime that shocked the nation. Mark is also an... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

3:15pm

The World Without Us: In Conversation with Mireille Juchau

Survival, loss, family and renewal are experiences which have touched many of us. Mireille Juchau grapples with these themes in her new elegiac and gripping novel, The World Without Us, a vivid story of ecological disaster and a family bound together by a terrible, mysterious absence. Already awarded the 2016 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction and shortlisted for The Stella Prize and the Australian Book Industry Award, it is powerful and poetic, revealing Mireille’s multi-layered storytelling talent. She discusses her craft and Jewish influences with Scott Whitmont.


Moderators
avatar for Scott Whitmont

Scott Whitmont

Scott owns and operates Lindfield Bookshop and Lindfield Children’s Bookshop. Passionate about books, he is a former President of the Australian Booksellers’ Association (NSW) and a former member of the ABA’s Federal Executive Committee and is active in the NSW Independent Booksellers’ Group. Scott is a member of the 2016 SJWF Program Committee and he happily serves as the Festival’s official bookseller.

Speakers
avatar for Mireille Juchau

Mireille Juchau

Mireille is a Sydney-based writer whose recent novel, The World without Us has won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for Fiction and has been published internationally. Mireille’s short fiction, plays, art reviews and essays have appeared in international and Australian anthologies and journals.  She has a PhD in writing and literature and teaches at universities and in the community.


Sunday August 28, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Theatrette Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

4:30pm

We need to talk about dying: Facing the inevitable

A doctor, a Rabbi and a palliative care nurse talk about the end of life that awaits us all, with SMH literary editor Susan Wyndham, who writes about losing a parent. Breaking down the final taboo, these confronting books and first-hand insights grapple with a highly emotional moment and issue that touches us all but is often swept politely under the carpet. Rethink forever how you spend your time, and how to think and talk about death. 


Moderators
avatar for Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham is The Sydney Morning Herald's literary editor. She has been a reporter, feature writer, Good Weekend editor and a Herald deputy editor. Her books include Life in His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist (2008) and My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent (2013).

Speakers
avatar for Steven Amsterdam

Steven Amsterdam

Steven is the award-winning author of Things We Didn’t See Coming, winner of The Age Book of the Year, and What the Family Needed. He lives in Melbourne with his partner where he works as a palliative care nurse. His new novel The Easy Way Out challenges readers to face the most taboo and heartbreaking of dilemmas. Would you help someone end their life?
avatar for Rabbi David Freedman

Rabbi David Freedman

Rabbi Freedman entered the rabbinate in 1973 and has served various congregations in London and Sydney. Rabbi David joined Central Synagogue in 2009, primarily to help in the area of pastoral care including hospital and home visits and to assist Rabbi Wolff. He also lectures in Medieval Jewish History at Sydney University and in Jewish Law at the University of NSW.  
avatar for Dr Leah Kaminsky

Dr Leah Kaminsky

Leah is an award-winning general physician and writer. She is also Poetry & Fiction Editor at the Medical Journal of Australia and Online Editor at Hunger Mountain. She conceived and edited Writer, M.D., an anthology of contemporary doctor-writers’ work and is co-author of Cracking the Code.  Her first novel, The Waiting Room, was published by Random House in 2015. We’re All Going to Die, Leah’s joyful book about... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

4:30pm

Making an entrance: Debut fiction writers

The sky is the limit for new authors, for who knew Fyodor Dostoyevsky before he was first published? It’s one thing to finally pen one’s wildest imaginings and spend hours finessing them, but to discover a publisher and readers who like them too is a dream come true. Three writers offer us new worlds, where a mother crosses the globe to a bushfire ravaged land in order to save her son’s life; a conventional man living a conventional life becomes embroiled in a criminal scam; and neighbours shatter suburban harmony to wage war over building a fence. 


Moderators
avatar for Alison Green

Alison Green

Alison is the CEO behind Pantera Press, a boutique and innovative Australian publishing house, which welcomes new authors through an open yet curated submissions process. She is a director of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre; a committee member of several publishers’ organisations such as the Australian Publishers Association’s Independent Publishers Committee and is deputy chair of the Australian Book... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Besser

Nathan Besser

Nathan has been writing poetry and short fiction since he was sixteen. While working in various jobs he wrote for a variety of publications and had three stories published in Best Australian Stories. Failing to find a publisher for his first novel he devoted his time to small businesses such as restaurant and alcohol delivery companies.  After the birth of his second child he returned to writing and his first published novel, Man in the... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Jaffe

Meredith Jaffe

Meredith Jaffé is a writer and occasional book critic. For four years she wrote the weekly literary column 'The Bookshelf' for the online women's magazine The Hoopla.  Meredith regularly chairs panels, presents workshops and interviews authors for literary events.  As a volunteer at The Footpath Library she manages their annual EPIC! writing competition for school children. She is currently working on her next novel in... Read More →
avatar for Lexi Landsman

Lexi Landsman

Lexi Landsman is an Australian television producer and journalist. She has worked on a range of award-winning documentary series that have aired in Australia and internationally. Prior to working in commercial television, she was editor of arts, books and lifestyle at the Australian Jewish News. She has degrees in Media Arts and Production, Drama Teaching and a Masters in Journalism. She lives in Sydney with her husband and their dog. The... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Theatrette Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

5:45pm

Stolen Legacy: In Conversation with Dina Gold

In the spirit of Helen Mirren's film Woman In Gold comes the remarkable story of a woman who fought to reclaim property stolen from her family by the Nazis. Dina Gold grew up listening to her grandmother’s tales of their luxurious life in pre-war Berlin. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Dina set out to reclaim the grand building that had housed the family fur business. Stolen Legacy is the extraordinary true story of Dina’s search and long legal battle to attain justice. 


Moderators
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Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas has been writing since she was eight when she was fascinated by pre-revolutionary Russia. She has worked in the media in New Zealand for over 25 years and has written several  film scripts and produced television and films. She now writes full-time and has invoked her interest in World War 2 and the Holocaust in The Keeper of Secrets and its sequel, Rachel’s Legacy.

Speakers
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Dina Gold

Dina Gold was born and raised in the UK and now lives in Washington, DC.  She is co-chair of the Washington Jewish Film Festival, a board member of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, and a senior editor at Moment, the largest independent Jewish magazine in North America. She began her career as a financial journalist at the Investors Chronicle in London.  She later worked as an investigative journalist and... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

5:45pm

Music makers, music lovers

How do musicians and composers move us and transform our everyday experience with their creations? Two authors explore different musical worlds and identities to answer these questions and more. Stuart Coupe gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Australian music world and the role of rock’n’roll, while Ida Lichter delves into the world of classical music to shed light on the power of music to heal and transform – both listeners and performers. 


Moderators
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Michaela Kalowski

Michaela Kalowski is an interviewer & facilitator. She's conducted radio interviews for ABC on RN's The Music Show, Big Ideas, on Classic FM & ABC Local Radio. She's facilitated panels at Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Film Festival & All About Women at Sydney Opera House. She's interviewed writers and thinkers from the worlds of arts, science and politics. Highlight interviews include Amos Oz, Tom... Read More →

Speakers
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Stuart Coupe

Stuart Coupe is a freelance journalist, one-time band manager and now runs his own independent record label, Laughing Outlaw Records. He's been involved in the music industry all his life. He wrote The Promoters in 2003, Gudinski in 2015 and has contributed to many magazines and newspapers.
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Ida Lichter

Ida Lichter is a Sydney-based psychiatrist. Her book, The Secret Magic of Music: Conversations with Musical Masters (Evgeny Kissin, Foreword), explores the value of music in society. She has been involved with music for most of her life and studied piano performance and theory before taking up a career in medicine.  She is a founder and director of “Music In The Hunter,” a chamber music festival in the Hunter... Read More →


Sunday August 28, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Theatrette Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
 
Monday, August 29
 

11:00am

Stress free parenting

Shelley Davidow’s book Raising Stress-Proof Kids presents a fascinating insight into the impact that stress can have on our children and on our parenting. Mums of babies and toddlers are invited to this special session to be held at Shalom Baby on Monday 29th August at AACTA Bar in Westfield Bondi Junction from 11am-1pm. Shelley will be presenting her ideas to mums at 11.30am while toddlers are entertained with craft activities. Shelley will also be available for consultation following her talk. Come and join us for a coffee, the inspiration and a special pop up bookshop.


Speakers
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Shelley Davidow

Shelley is originally from South Africa and the author of 39 books. She grew up in a bi-racial family at the height of Apartheid. She left South Africa as a young adult just as her writing began to take off with the publication of her first award-winning young adult novel, Freefalling. Shelley has lived and worked on 5 continents, searching for home, which she has finally found on Australia’s east coast. Her most recent book is Raising... Read More →


Monday August 29, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
AACTA Bar Westfield, Bondi Junction