Milim 2018

Words for All
Leeds Literary Festival

Gideon Klein: Portrait of a composer

A young man’s determination to make music under Nazi occupation.

Based on eye-witness testimony, and letters, Gideon Klein: Portrait of a Composer tells the extraordinary story of an outstanding composer and pianist. Musicians and actors recreate Gideon’s precocious childhood, the exciting artistic environment of pre-war Prague, and the remarkable musical activities of his imprisonment. Written and devised by David Fligg, in a new dramatisation by Brian Daniels, directed by Emma Gordon.
Having been performed in the UK, USA and the Czech Republic, this play comes to Riley Theatre to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019, in the centenary year of Gideon’s birth.
The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion.

Tim Marshall

Divided: Why We're Living in an Age of Walls

Money, race, religion, politics: these are the things that divide us. Trump’s wall says as much about America’s divided past as it does its future. The Great Firewall of China separates ‘us’ from ‘them’. In Europe, the explosive combination of politics and migration threatens liberal democracy itself. This interesting and informative talk will look at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.

 Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs with more than 30 years of reporting experience. He was diplomatic editor at Sky News and before that was working for the BBC and LBC/IRN radio. He has reported from 40 countries and covered conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Israel.

He is the author of the no.1 Sunday Times bestseller

Prisoners of Geography;

Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags;

Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls;

“Dirty Northern B*st*rds!” and Other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain’s Football Chants;

Shadowplay: The Overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic (a bestseller in former Yugoslavia).

He is founder and editor of the current affairs site

Emma Bright and the Superfood Fight

This is a closed event and is in conjuction with Leeds LitFest

To celebrate World Book Day Donna Harrison and Hayley Dodsworth will be running an event at Brodetsky Primary School for Years 1 to 6 based on their fun, healthy eating concept. Based on their book, Emma Bright and The Super Food Fight, the authors will lead the children through a world of life sized Super Food characters who need to solve a growing problem whilst exploring the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. Years 1 to 3 will have the opportunity to create their own characters and learn about the wonderful Island of Plenty. Years 4 to 6 will become the characters themselves as they explore the concept through physical theatre.

Hayley Dodsworth, co-author of Emma Bright and The Super Food Fight, began her author career back in 2011 when she overcame a parenting problem of fussy eating with her daughter, Emma, aged 5. Hayley was able to introduce Emma to the benefits of eating a wider variety of healthy foods through the super food fight concept, a fun and imaginative way to inspire and engage her.

Donna Harrison, co-author of Emma Bright and The Super Food Fight, started writing in 2000 when she penned her dissertation on the first English actresses and began looking at adapting the work into book format. She has also written 2 play scripts on the theme of time travel. When approached by long time friend, Hayley Dodsworth, with an idea to work together on a concept that Hayley had developed around helping to tackle fussy eating in children via a fun adventure story, Donna metaphorically dusted off the fountain pen! Donna is also a freelance drama practitioner.

Gordon Black

From Bags to Blenders - The Journey of a Yorkshire Businessman

When Gordon joined Peter Black Limited in 1965, the company was already a supplier of bags and shoes to Marks & Spencer and Boots and turned over approx £2m. During the following few years Gordon and his brother Thomas expanded the range of products they supplied to M & S to include leisure wear, toiletries, cosmetics and homeware and by the time the company floated on the  stock exchange in 1972 sales had reached £47m (£94m in today’s money). The company was taken private on 2000 and sold in 2007 to a Chinese purchaser by which time turnover had reached £300m (£600m in today’s money) and had several thousand employees.

Since the sale Gordon has invested in variety of ventures including the fast growing High Street TV Limited and written a book, From Bags to Blenders-The Journey of a Yorkshire Businessman.

Paul A. Mendelson

Life, Art and Heinz Spaghetti

How a writer’s life and work inevitably intertwine

After gaining a first in law from Cambridge Paul A. Mendelson went on to run a family law department in the city. He then spent 17 years as an award-winning advertising copy writer before turning his hand to scriptwritng.

He has created several hit BBC comedy series, including the BAFTA-nominated May to DecemberSo Haunt Me and the hugely popular My Hero, starring Ardal O’Hanlon. For ITV he wrote the much-acclaimed Martin Clunes cancer drama Losing It. He co-created Neighbors From Hell for DreamWorks Animation and writes regularly for BBC Radio 4 Drama. His first novel, In the Matter of Isabel, has been bought by a major Hollywood producer.

Admission: £5

Ariel Kahn

Raising Sparks

Come hear prize-winning writer and academic Ariel Kahn discuss the stories behind his award winning debut novel Raising Sparks, a magical-realist love story set in modern Israel. Full of the sounds, scents and flavours of the Middle East, it gives the reader access to the worlds hidden behind the headlines. Told in the voices of teenagers Malka and Moshe, Raising Sparks is a celebration of mystical texts, discovering your own inner power and the highs (and lows) of first love. It offers a glimpse of a Middle East hidden behind the headlines. It is for anyone who loves food, colour, and discovering new cultures, and still holds on to the possibility of love.

Ariel Kahn has an MA in African and Indian literature and a PhD in Creative Writing and currently lives in North London. He initially trained to be a rabbi in Israel, where he discovered a love of mystical texts such as the Zohar.


Admission: £5

Lyn Julius

Uprooted: How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight

Almost a million Jews from Arab countries and Iran have been forced to flee from the 1940s onwards, forced out by state-sanctioned terror.  Many were airlifted to Israel. Those who fled did not consider themselves refugees. They rebuilt their lives and were granted full civil rights in Israel and the West. This is in contrast to the original Arab refugees numbered only 70000 and to whom UNRWA gives successive generations permanent refugee status, including those with other nationalities.

Lyn Julius is the British-born daughter of Iraqi-Jewish refugees. She graduated in International Relations from the University of Sussex. A journalist and blogger, her work has appeared in the Guardian, Jewish News, Ha’aretz, Standpoint and Huffington Post, among other media. She is also the founder of Harif, the UK Association for Jews from the Middle East and North Africa.

Admission: Free

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