London’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas

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Rachel Kolsky

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Rachel Kolsky is a prize-winning Blue Badge Guide, who, for over ten years has been leading guided walks and visits in all areas of London, particularly those with a Jewish theme. She established www.golondontours.com to encourage London residents and visitors to discover the human stories behind London's streets and buildings.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2013

We had a great walking tour of the literary highlights of Hackney with Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky. Find Rachel's list of recommended reading here.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Rachel Kolsky took us on a tour of Hackney and Dalston to discover its associations with some of the Jewish writers who found inspiration from the diverse communities of London's East End.

From Grace Aguilar in the early 19th century to playwrights Arnold Wesker and Harold Pinter at Hackney Downs to Alexander Baron's Lowlife and Roland Camberton's Rain on the Pavements, the tour included readings to bring to life the places the writers knew, in their own words.

2012

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Rachel Kolsky joined us for the launch of Jewish London, throughout the session she delved into literature and films featuring sites, past and present, of Jewish London. Rachel co-wrote 'Jewish London' a new comprehensive guidebook which focuses on the heritage and culture of London’s historic and current Jewish community, including listings of places to eat, shop, stay and pray. This presentation included a screening of 'The Tenth Man', a delightful short, filmed on location in the East End.

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Video

 
David Grossman speaks with Mark Lawson at a special out-of-fesitval event.