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Events for Spring 2020

 

Festival offers something for everyone

 

MiliM is our Leeds Festival of Words and Ideas and March is our Month of Jewish Words for All. This year is our fifth year and our programme includes an exciting range of events in a variety of venues across North Leeds and the City Centre. We are sure there is something for everyone.

To mark International Women’s Day on Sunday 8thMarch 2020, we are hosting an all women panel discussion on the theme of œIf I can do it so can you

On Thursday 19th March we will be celebrating the centenary of Leeds United with an evening of talk and debate about the club and its history.

MiliM is now a firm part of the Leeds literary scene and once again we are contributing four events to the Leeds Lit Fest. As in previous years, there will be a joint event with the Leeds Jewish Historical Society.

We are very grateful to all our sponsors and supporters whose generosity helps us to keep costs low so more people can attend our events.

Milim Spring 2019

Helen Taylor

Why Women Read Fiction

What is it about reading fiction that women love?  What kind of fiction do women particularly enjoy? Where and when do women read?  And why is it that women make up the majority of book-club and library members, literary bloggers, audiences at literary festivals and bookshop events, and visitors to literary sites?  
    
Drawing on interviews with more than 400 women of all ages, Helen reveals how reading fiction, whether alone or as part of a group is, for many women, an integral part of life: a means of escape, time to be alone, a chance to be part of a community, a life-enhancer and, sometimes, a life-saver.   She also interviews a number of well-known female authors, including Hilary Mantel, Katie Fforde, Helen Dunmore, Sarah Dunant, and more, asking them about their own reading as well as their relationships with their readers, book reviewers, and publishers.  


Richard Zimler

The Gospel According to Lazarus: a Biblical Thriller

The best selling international author of The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon, Hunting Midnight, Guardian of the Dawn and The Seventh Gate will be talking about his
latest work The Gospel According to Lazarus


International Women’s Day

If I Can Do It So Can You

She Business founder Paula Grizzard chairs  a panel which includes Leeds University academic, Eva Frojmovic, social entrepreneur Anna Dyson founder of ToastLoveCoffee, and Rabbi Eryn London who discuss their personal journeys.


Myra Kersner

The Coronation Street Prequels

Myra Kersner, writing as Maggie Sullivan, will be talking about her books –
Christmas on Coronation Street, Mother’s Day on Coronation Street and Snow on the Cobbles of Coronation Street, which cover the early lives of Elsie Tanner, Annie Walker and Hilda Ogden.


William Miller

Gloucester Crescent – Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups

William Miller will be in discussion with Brian Daniels about his life as the
son of the late Jonathan Miller, director, actor, writer, presenter and former
doctor.


Lance Foreman

Forman’s – They’re Not Just A Smokehouse. They’re A Salmon Theme-Park

A journey from Smoked Salmon to Brexit via the London Olympics of a community, a life-enhancer and, sometimes, a life-saver – Lance Forman tells all.


Marching on together – celebrating 100 years of Leeds United

Marking the centenary of Leeds united, an evening of lively discussion and debate about the club, its players and management .

Fans, former players and their families of Leeds United are warmly invited to join TalkSPORT broadcaster and sports psychotherapist, Gary Bloom (OL76) and his panel of special guests for an evening to celebrate 100 years of marching on together.  Guests are welcome to submit their questions about the club, its history and its future to our panel.  Panel guests include Anthony Clavane, sportswriter, and author of Promised Land and A Yorkshire Tragedy, Adam Pope, sports broadcaster for the BBC, Andrew ‘Stats’ Dalton, football historian, author and statistician (is there anything he doesn’t know about Leeds United?) and his co-author, Heidi Haigh, also an avid Leeds United fan.  There are a few more panel members still to be announced. There should be a few former players attending too so there will be ample opportunities for ‘selfies’ and to check out the archive display of Leeds United through the years.

The event is hosted in conjunction with The Grammar School at Leeds and sponsored by Front Row Legal  

The event will take place in the theatre foyer at The Grammar School at Leeds.

Doors open at 7pm when there will be a cash bar and refreshments available. The event starts at 7.30pm and ends at 9.00pm.

 


Norman Lebrecht

Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World 1847-1947

The world’s best-selling author on classical music now turns his attention to how a handful of men and women changed the way we see the world


Vanessa Rosenthal

Nina Queen of Bohemia

Vanessa will be performing her one woman play inspired by her long held fascination with Roger Fry’s portrait of Nina that hangs in the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery in The University of Leeds.


Paula Kitching

Britain’s Jews and the First World War

Britain’s Jews and the First World War Historian and writer Paula Kitching will be talking about her new book which looks at the involvement of British Jewish in the Great War. Amongst the hundreds of thousands who died during the conflict, 137 Jewish men from Leeds perished in service of King and Country


 

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