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Sunday, August 28
 

10:00am AEST

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
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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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

11:15am AEST

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.

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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →


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

12:30pm AEST

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. 


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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... Read More →

Speakers
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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... Read More →


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

2:00pm AEST

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
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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... Read More →

Speakers
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

3:15pm AEST

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.


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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... Read More →

Speakers
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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... Read More →


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

4:30pm AEST

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... Read More →

Speakers
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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... Read More →


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

5:45pm AEST

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... Read More →

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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 television producer at the BBC. Dina is in Australia as a guest of AIJAC... Read More →


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