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Thursday, August 23
 

7:00pm PDT

Trump, Totalitarianism and Protest. Masha Gessen in conversation with Ellen Fanning
Award-winning writer Masha Gessen tears into Putin's Russia, Trump's America, cultural identity and more, with the dark humour it takes to survive it all. Masha will be in conversation with Ellen Fanning, journalist and host of the ABC's The Drum.

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Ellen Fanning

Ellen Fanning is an ABC journalist. She presents The Drum on ABC TV

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Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is the author of nine books, most recently The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which was awarded the National Book Award in the United States in 2017. Masha's other books include the international bestseller The Man Without a Face: the Unlikely... Read More →


Thursday August 23, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Bondi Pavilion Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
 
Sunday, August 26
 

10:00am PDT

Voices of Israel @ 70
Israel Voices @ 70: Ron Ben Yishai and Dorit Rabinyan
Last year Michael Misrachi, our highly regarded past Festival Director, made Aliyah with his family. But that didn’t mean he was out of the picture entirely. In these innovative Israel screenings, Michael interviews some of Israel’s best writers who give their unique perspectives on life in Israel today. In this session, we welcome back to the Festival Ron Ben-Yishai, recently awarded the Israel Prize, whose stellar career in the military and journalism informs one of the most insightful voices on Israeli politics and history. We also hear from Dorit Rabinyan whose most recent book, All The Rivers Run caused eruptions through its exploration of a relationship between an Israeli and a Palestinian.

Please note that this video presentation is split over two sessions - one at 10am and the other at 4:30pm.

Sunday August 26, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Theatrette Waverley Library 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

10:00am PDT

On Race, Identity and Culture: Afua Hirsch in conversation with Joanna Kalowski
In Afua Hirsch’s timely book Brit(ish) she explores her Britishness and Britain’s views on race and otherness. Meshing memoir and research, Hirsch draws on her own experiences as the child of a white Jewish father and a Ghanaian mother. In this session Afua and Joanna will explore the tensions that exist within cultural identity, what happens when we deeply consider the history of racism in the place we live and how we can ask uncomfortable questions to better understand ourselves and each other.

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Joanna Kalowski

Joanna Kalowski is a mediator, facilitator and judicial educator with a background in adult education and government.Australian-born daughter of German Jewish refugees, Jo brings her interest in identity formation and cross-cultural communication to the work she does in Australia... Read More →

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Afua Hirsch

Afua Hirsch is an author, journalist, broadcaster and former barrister. Having studied and worked across 15 countries in West and Central Africa on international law and development, Afua became the West Africa Correspondent for The Guardian, establishing the paper’s first ever... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

11:15am PDT

Fictionalising the Holocaust
It is often said that fiction can explore and explain trauma more viscerally than factual details. Through three very different books, this session delves into that process and how it can illuminate the horrors and terrors of Auschwitz, the escape of Jews to Shanghai and Stalin's Red Army onslaught in the Baltic States.

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Rita Nash

Rita managed a successful independent bookshop for 13 years after many years of teaching and librarianship in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Twenty years ago she finally came to terms with her Holocaust demons and described this process in her story The Last Barrier... Read More →

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Lauren Chater

Lauren Chater writes historical fiction with a focus on women’s stories. Her debut novel The Lace Weaver was published in April, 2018 by Simon & Schuster. Her second novel Gulliver’s Wife will be released in November, 2019.
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Kirsty Manning

Kirsty Manning grew up in northern New South Wales. A country girl with wanderlust, her travels and studies have taken her through most of Europe, the east and west coasts of the United States and pockets of Asia. Kirsty's first novel was the enchanting The Midsummer Garden published... Read More →
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Heather Morris

Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Theatrette Waverley Library 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

11:15am PDT

On Borrowed Time: Robert Manne in conversation with Caroline Baum
Professor Robert Manne has published innumerable books, articles and essays on public-interest topics ranging from climate change to the rights of asylum seekers, media challenges and the Islamic State ideology. On Borrowed Time is Robert’s latest collection of his articles and essays published between 2011 and 2017, with a title essay that honestly and movingly deals with his response to the diagnosis in 2016 of cancer in his throat, ultimately affirming his love of life and his belief in the pursuit of truth.

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Caroline Baum

Caroline is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. The founding editor of Good Reading magazine and former features editor of Vogue Australia, Caroline was the editorial director of Booktopia and has also been a presenter for ABC TV and an ABC Radio National producer. In 2015 Caroline... Read More →

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Robert Manne

Robert Manne is emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. His recent book is On Borrowed Time. He has written three Quarterly Essays and is a regular contributor to the Monthly and the Guardian.


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm PDT
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

12:15pm PDT

Lunch 30 minutes
Sunday August 26, 2018 12:15pm - 12:45pm PDT
Waverley Library 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

12:45pm PDT

Life Stories: Making Peace with the Past
Two powerful voices highlight the way that women shape family. Both of these authors have navigated a confronting past, dealing with their own experiences and those of their parents and grandparents. Weaving history and memory, tragedy and hope, these books remind us of the value of a story and the value of a life.

Moderator
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Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi is a writer, reviewer and public interviewer. Her reviews and writing have appeared in 'Australian Book Review', 'Magpies Magazine', 'Sydney Review of Books', 'The Melbourne Review', 'Kids’ Book Review', 'Overland', 'Manifesto' and the 'Short and Scary Anthology'. She... Read More →

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Shelley Davidow

Shelley Davidow is the award-winning author of 44 books. Writing across genres, her recent non-fiction titles include Shadow Sisters (University of Queensland Press, 2018), Whisperings in the Blood (University of Queensland Press, 2016), Playing with Words (Palgrave Macmillan, UK... Read More →
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Raya Klinbail

Raya Klinbail was born to parents who fled Holocaust in Poland, into Kazakhstan. She was one when her family returned to post - war Poland. In 1958 her family migrated to Australia. In Melbourne, she attended University High School, completed medical degree, and become a family doctor... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm PDT
Theatrette Waverley Library 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

12:45pm PDT

Monash's Masterpiece
Peter FitzSimons and his red bandana have become contemporary Australian icons. Peter is a renowned journalist, columnist and biographer. He is the author of several bestselling books of Australian military history, including Gallipoli and Kokoda. His latest work, Monash's Masterpiece, gives us some surprising insights into the Jewish Australian commander who led the Diggers into the famous Battle of Le Hamel exactly 100 years ago.

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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. Scott is a member of the 2018 SJWF Programming... Read More →

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Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is Australia's bestselling non-fiction writer, and a columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sun Herald. He is the author of a number of highly successful books, including Kokoda, Ned Kelly and Gallipoli, as well as biographies of such notable Australians... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm PDT
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

2:00pm PDT

Reading Horror
In ‘The Dead Still Cry Out’ Helen Lewis writes about her father’s extraordinary experience photographing the liberation of Bergen Belsen. The child of Jewish refugees, Mike Lewis’ images shocked him and the world. Helen explores the issues around the use of photographs as source documents and considers the distinction between looking and seeing when it comes to images of atrocity. In our hyper image obsessed age and society, Lewis considers the ethics and aesthetics of viewing images of horror.

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Michaela Kalowski

Michaela Kalowski is a presenter, interviewer and facilitator. She has conducted radio interviews for ABC RN's The Music Show and Big Ideas and has presented programs on ABC RN, Classic FM & Local Radio. She regularly facilitates panels at Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Jewish... Read More →

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Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis is a writer, editor and researcher who was born in the UK and moved to Australia when she was twenty-one. She lives in the hinterland of Eden, New South Wales, where she indulges her love of gardening.


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

2:00pm PDT

Into Dark Spaces: Writing in the #METOO Climate. Megan Goldin in conversation with Tali Lavi
In her latest book, The Escape Room, Megan Goldin presents a disturbing insight into the lucrative corporate world. Using the thriller genre, she explores a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive. Set in the dark, enclosed space of an elevator, the oppressive tropes highlighted in the #MeToo movement are compellingly exposed and interrogated. In this session Megan reflects on her own experiences of sexism in job interviews and the workplace.

Moderator
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Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi is a writer, reviewer and public interviewer. Her reviews and writing have appeared in 'Australian Book Review', 'Magpies Magazine', 'Sydney Review of Books', 'The Melbourne Review', 'Kids’ Book Review', 'Overland', 'Manifesto' and the 'Short and Scary Anthology'. She... Read More →

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Megan Goldin

Megan Goldin is the author of the recently released corporate noir thriller The Escape Room and the bestselling thriller The Girl In Kellers Way. Megan covered the Middle East for over a decade as a journalist for the Reuters news agency and the ABC as well as other news organisations... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Theatrette Waverley Library 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

3:15pm PDT

The Journey Through Community Stories
Writing a memoir or autobiography is a journey filled with trepidation and the challenges of self-examination. For Holocaust survivors, the memories elicited are frequently painful. The Community Stories team of the Sydney Jewish Museum provide a service which, while professional, is much closer than arm's length. This session, facilitated by Professor Konrad Kwiet, will address the process of writing and publishing one's story with the Museum.

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Konrad Kwiet

Born in Germany, since 1976 resident in Australia, Emeritus Professor, resident historian Sydney Jewish Museum.

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Dasia Black

Dr Dasia Black was born in Poland in 1938. She was three years old when the Nazis marched into her township in Galicia. Dasia’s parents were murdered by the Nazis. At the age of twelve she arrived in Australia with her adoptive parents, where she completed her schooling and university... Read More →
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Judit Mitro

Hungarian born but now living in Sydney, Judit Mitro has written ‘Children Without Tears’, an original and poignant memoir which sheds light on her extraordinary life. She explores her half Jewish and half Gypsy background, searching for answers relating to her identity. Having... Read More →
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Aneta Weinreich

Aneta Weinreich is the author of The Right Time to Speak. Until 2012, this incredible story remained untold for nearly 70 years -- then a sudden illness threatened her ability to speak, compelling her to dictate her story of survival in the Kraków Ghetto, the notorious Plaszów Labour... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

3:15pm PDT

Girt by Mystery: Bringing Australian History to Life
What do we really know about Australia's past? Join two authors who write about the place, the people and the events that made our nation great. David Hunt reveals "the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre" beginnings of our nation (not to mention a gang of Jewish bushrangers) and Sarah Goldman argues that Caroline Chisholm is distinguished for her support of immigration to Australia.

Moderator
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Rachael Kohn

Dr Rachael Kohn is known around Australia for her 25 years of making ABC programs on religion, including TV and Radio documentaries, and particularly on Jewish themes, from Holocaust remembrance to archaeology in Israel. She taught Jewish studies at the University of Sydney, was the... Read More →

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Sarah Goldman

Sarah has spent most of her life as a journalist. Initially working for newspapers in Sydney and London, she later transferred to television with the BBC. Back in Australia, Sarah continued as a producer for both commercial and ABC television news in Sydney and Melbourne. Much of... Read More →
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David Hunt

David Hunt is the bestselling author of Girt and True Girt, the first two volumes in his unauthorised history of Australia. Girt won the 2014 Indie Award for Non-Fiction and True Girt was shortlisted for Audiobook of the Year at the 2017 Australian Book Industry Awards and the 2017... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm PDT
Theatrette Waverley Library 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

3:15pm PDT

Writing Workshop - Finding Your Voice
Drawing on her experience as an award-winning author of 40 books, ranging from children’s and young adult fiction, to adult fiction and non-fiction, Shelley Davidow looks at practical and essential tools that all writers need in order to make words into the keys that unlock limitless creative worlds. Under Shelley’s guidance, participants will be inspired to tackle any creative writing project that has been lying dormant!


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Shelley Davidow

Shelley Davidow is the award-winning author of 44 books. Writing across genres, her recent non-fiction titles include Shadow Sisters (University of Queensland Press, 2018), Whisperings in the Blood (University of Queensland Press, 2016), Playing with Words (Palgrave Macmillan, UK... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 3:15pm - 5:15pm PDT
Study Room Waverley Library 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

4:30pm PDT

Voices of Israel @ 70
Israel Voices @ 70: Meir Shalev and Gil Hovav
In this session, Michael Misrachi interviews two Israeli icons – Meir Shalev and Gil Hovav. His conversation with Shalev provides a penetrating and personal insight into how one of Israel’s most prolific authors thinks about the art of writing, journalism, politics and his love for gardening. And, over an enticing home-made cake, Michael speaks to Gil Hovav, a major force in the changing nature of Israeli cuisine through his memoirs, restaurant reviews and cookbooks. What a feast of Israeli writers and writing!

Please note that this video presentation is split over two sessions - one at 10am and the other at 4:30pm.

Sunday August 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Theatrette Waverley Library 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia

4:30pm PDT

Where it all Begins: Laughing at Adversity
Ros Ben-Moshe's approach to life is that love, laughter and mindfulness can help us overcome all types of adversity. Ros is the author of “Laughing at cancer – How to Heal with Love, Laughter and Mindfulness” (http://laughingatcancer.com).  As a Global Laughter Ambassador and the founder of LaughLife Wellbeing Programs, Ros has a unique way of embracing a positive mindset to enhance resilience during life's prickly moments. This session will awaken your inner smile and remind you to live your life to its fullest.

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Rachael Kohn

Dr Rachael Kohn is known around Australia for her 25 years of making ABC programs on religion, including TV and Radio documentaries, and particularly on Jewish themes, from Holocaust remembrance to archaeology in Israel. She taught Jewish studies at the University of Sydney, was the... Read More →

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Ros Ben-Moshe

Ros Ben-Moshe is author of “Laughing at cancer – How to Heal with Love, Laughter and Mindfulness” (http://laughingatcancer.com) based on a series of journals she wrote following a shock diagnosis of bowel cancer at age 42. It is both a memoir of her journey to wellness and healing... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Main Hall Waverley Library, 32/48 Denison St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, Australia
 
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