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Past Events

Past EventsSunday, March 2

JDOV The Jewish Talk of Your Life FREE EVENT

Mark Dapin, Suzanne Franks, Steve Shirley, Brett Wigdortz. Host: Shoshana Boyd Gelfand

Our special Jewish Book Week take on TED, the popular conference which asks speakers to give "the talk of their life", is back following its success at last year's festival. Four exciting speakers will give it all: Australian lads' mag's editor and novelist Mark Dapin, Professor of Journalism Suzanne Franks, entrepreneur and philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley and the founder and CEO of the educational charity Teach First Brett Wigdortz. 

Mark Dapin has been editor in chief of ACP's men's magazines, and a newspaper columnist. Spirit House is his second novel, published in Australia to great acclaim in 2011. Born in Leeds in 1963, Dapin moved to Australia in the late 1980s and now lives in Sydney with his partner and two children.

Suzanne Franks is Professor of Journalism at City University, London. She was a television current affairs journalist with the BBC. She left to found an independent production company for which she made several films about Africa. She is a trustee of the Jewish International Development charity Tzedek. Her two recent books are Women and Journalism (I.B. Tauris) and Reporting Disaster: Famine, Aid, Politics and the Media (Hurst).  

Dame Stephanie Shirley is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who arrived in Britain with nothing as a Kindertransport refugee. Known as Steve, she founded a global software business while raising her severely autistic son. She has given away most of her small personal fortune. She is the author of Let It Go, published in 2012. 

Brett Wigdortz has led Teach First as its CEO since its launch in July 2002. The charity is working to close the achievement gap in England and Wales between children from low-income backgrounds and their wealthier peers. He currently serves as a trustee of Future Leaders and is also the co-founder, trustee and strategy adviser to Teach For All. He has been awarded an OBE in 2013 for Services to Education. His book Success Against The Odds, a candid account of the first 10 years of Teach First, was published in 2012. 

Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is Director of JHub, which promotes social action, innovation and social entrepreneurship in the British Jewish community. Rabbi Gelfand is author of The Barefoot Book of Jewish Tales, published in 2013.

This event is free but ticketed.

In association with JHub

To buy books featured in this event please click hereTen per cent of all sale proceeds will go to Jewish Book Week, supporting the festival for future years.


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