Jon Canter, Esther David, Rachel Holmes, Ed Kritzler, Irma Kurtz, Lana Citron
For the first time, JBW commissioned new work; storytelling with a common theme. We entitled this evening ‘True Tales?’ and selected some of our favourite writers who presented works of either truth or fiction.
The tales were themed ‘Imprints of Home and Exile’. Throught the evening the writers offered suggestions of what remains when we leave home; which aspects of home leave us and which do we carry with us? Then they turned to the audience to vote on whether the story they just heard was true or a tall tale….
Jon Canter is the author of two comic novels, Seeds of Greatness and A Short Gentleman and currently writing the third. He also writes stand-up comedy with Lenny Henry and regular comment pieces for The Guardian.Esther David
Esther David comes from the Bene Israel Jewish community in India. She grew up in Ahmedabad, where her father, a hunter-turned-veterinarian, founded a zoo. She trained as a sculptor and lectures on Art History. She is the author of The Walled City, the Book of Esther and the Book of Rachel.Rachel Holmes
Rachel Holmes is a cultural historian, author of The Hottentot Venus and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry and co-editor of Fifty Shades of Feminism. She is curator of the new Impossible Conversations series at the Donmar Warehouse.Ed Kritzler
Ed Kritzler is a historian and former reporter for USA Today. He lives in Jamaica and is the author of Jewish Pirates of the Caribbeans.Irma Kurtz
Irma Kurtz joined Cosmopolitan as agony aunt in 1972 and has been there ever since. A regular on BBC Radio 4 (for which she wrote and presented a 10-part series, Mediterranean Tales), she has written three self-help books, two novels and three travel books.
Known for her quirky, poetic stories, where there are no conventional, ‘happy ever-after’s’, Lana Citron is the author of five novels, Sucker, Spilt Milk, Transit, The Honey Trap and The Brodsky Touch. Other works include; short stories and poetry - anthologised and broadcast on BBC Radio 4, the award-winning short film, ‘I was the Cigarette Girl,’ and the radio play, ‘Love Saboteur’. A trained actress she has appeared on TV, theatre and film. She has also performed as a stand-up comic and appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is currently working on her sixth novel.