Chair: Natasha Lehrer
In September 2003 the Jewish Chronicle published its list of the "Fine Nine" most talented young Jewish authors in Britain today.
In this session, four of these sparkling new voices came together with Natasha Lehrer, Deputy Editor of the Jewish Quarterly, to talk about their writing, Jewish humour and their feelings on receiving this cultural accolade. They all showed some interesting touching points. All for example felt there was something comical about this Granta rip-off award! And none of them wanted merely to be pigeonholed as a Jewish writer.
Tracy Chevalier grew up in Washington DC and moved to London in 1984. She is the author of four best-selling novels including Girl With a Pearl Earring (2000), a film of which was released in December 2003.
Jeremy Gavron grew up and lives in London. He has written two novels, Moon (1997) and The Book of Israel (2003), which won the 2003 Encore Award for best second novel.
Charlotte Mendelson grew up in Oxford. She is the author of two novels, Love in Idleness (2002) and Daughters of Jerusalem (2003).
William Sutcliffe was born in London. He is the author of three novels, including New Boy (1997). Bad Influence is published in March 2004.