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Sunday, August 28
 

10:00am AEST

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.


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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... Read More →

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


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

11:15am AEST

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.


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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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

12:30pm AEST

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. 


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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... 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 12:30pm - 1:30pm AEST
Theatrette Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

2:00pm AEST

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.


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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... Read More →

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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 →


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

3:15pm AEST

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.


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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →


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

4:30pm AEST

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. 


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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... Read More →

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


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

5:45pm AEST

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. 


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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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →


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