Inspired by the Bible
Chair: Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris
David Maine conveyed Cain’s anguish in the beautiful Fallen and Noah’s wife and children’s dismay in the humorous Flood. The Genizah at the House of Shepher is Tamar Yellin’s thriller about a missing biblical codex and the search for the true text of the Bible. They spoke about finding their inspiration in the sacred text.
David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Connecticut. He worked in the mental health systems in the US and taught English in Morocco. He is the author of Fallen, The Flood and The Book of Samson. He resides in Lahore with his wife, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan.
Born in the north of England, Tamar Yellin’s mother was the daughter of a Polish immigrant and her father a third generation Jerusalemite. The creative tension between her Jewish heritage and Yorkshire roots has informed much of her work. According to The Jewish Chronicle, Tamar Yellin is one of five new British Jewish novelists to watch. Her collection of short stories, Kafka in Bronteland, has been awarded the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Literature 2006
Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris lectures in Bible at Leo Baeck College-Centre for Jewish Education and works in the rabbinic team at Southgate and District Reform Synagogue. She is currently working on a PhD in feminist biblical criticism.