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Bernard Kops

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“I think these three elements: kind of belonging, feeling slightly different from the Irish people living down the road who had no shoes, and realising there was another world out there and this was safe. My mother had always said, ‘Don’t go beyond Cambridge Heath Road, there be dragons.’ There were, in fact, there be fascists. So those sort of enemies together, they were my roots, I think.” [Bernard Kops]

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Past Events

2012

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Make way for the almighty teenager. Long have we suspected that this awkward figure, lurking in the shadows is an underrated entity.

Here are two novels which pull him into the limelight. In Meg Rossoff’s There is No Dog the role of God has been designated to Bob, a typical teenage boy who approaches the task with all the expected sloth and reluctance, until he discovers one particular female human.

In The Odyssey of Samuel Glass the north-London protagonist travels to late 19th century Russia to come of age, sexually and politically.

2010

Sunday, 28 February 2010

This was a moving event with readings and musings from three major poets. They may be about Budapest or the East End, film reels or music scores, philosophy or politics, reflections on love and death or the dilemmas of being Jewish.

Bernard Kops is the much-loved author of more than forty plays for stage and radio, nine novels, two autobiographies and most recently a collection of poetry, This Room in the Sunlight.

2003

rom left to right: Harold Pinter, Emanuel Litvinoff, Melvyn Bragg, Arnold Wesker and Bernard Kops
Saturday, 1 March 2003

The first session of Jewish Book Week 2003 presented an unforgettable celebration of the wealth of writing to come out of the East End and Hackney in the middle decades of the 20th century. Bernard Kops, Emanuel Litvinoff, Harold Pinter and Arnold Wesker, four of Britain's most distinguished writers, discussed with Melvyn Bragg the influence on their writing of an area that in recent years has been much mythologised and romanticised. This session was a unique opportunity to hear these writers’ thoughts about the influences that shaped them.

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Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.