Milim 2018

Words for All
Leeds Literary Festival

Ian Vellins

My Family Right or Wrong

This session, My Family Right or Wrong, will involve a reading of some hilarious short stories written by Ephraim Kishon, a Hungarian-born Israeli humourist whose stories, in English translation, have appeared in Haaretz and other Israeli publications.

Ian Vellins was educated at Roundhay School Leeds and then took a law degree at Oxford University and practised as a solicitor for 45 years. He was appointed as a part-time Immigration Judge, and after his retirement gained MA degrees at Manchester University and Leeds University in Holocaust Studies and Modern History. He is a frequent lecturer and his interest in theatre led to over 30 appearances as actor and director in amateur theatre.

Professor Sue Vice

British Jewish Television Drama: From Jack Rosenthal to the Present

In this interesting and illuminating talk, Sue Vice will discuss the innovative image of British Jewish life in Jack Rosenthal’s BBC Plays for Today: The Evacuees (1975) and Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976). She will trace the influence of Rosenthal’s distinctive writing on such recent television drama as Simon Amstell’s Grandma’s House (2010-12) and Robert Popper’s Friday Night Dinner (2011-). In each case, such staples of the British sitcom as class and religion are given a Jewish twist, by centring on young Jewish men and their place in the family versus the wider world.

Sue Vice is Professor of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. Her recent books include Jack Rosenthal (2009) and Barry Hines: ‘Kes’, ‘Threads’ and Beyond (2015, with David Forrest), and she is working on a study of the outtakes from Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 film Shoah.

Admission: £4 / JHSE members Free    Pay at the door

This is a joint event with the National Jewish Historical Society as part of the JHSE’s Jewish History Month and celebrates 50 years of Beth Hamidrash Synagogue on its present site.

Natasha Solomons

House of Gold

In her latest novel, House of Gold, Natasha Solomons explores the divisions which threaten to tear apart the wealthy and influential Goldbaum family. Their influence reaches across Europe. They are the confidants and bankers of governments and emperors. Little happens without their say-so and even less without their knowledge. However with the Great War looming, and even the Goldbaums unable to alter its course, for the first time in two hundred years the family find themselves on opposing sides.

Natasha Solomons is a screenwriter and novelist. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the award-winning children’s author David Solomons, and their two children. She is the New York Times best-selling author of four novels and her work has been translated into seventeen languages.

Madeleine Kingsley is a journalist and writer who’s reviewed fiction for the Jewish Chronicle for 40 years. She is also a relationship counsellor and therapist for couples, children and young people, families, individuals and problem gamblers. She grew up in North West London as the daughter of refugee parents who left Vienna after hearing the cry ‘Beat the Jews’ at a local football match. She now lives in the Dales with her husband of 52 years, their daughter, horses, dogs and cat.

Admission: £5