Etgar Keret’s latest collection of short stories, The Nimrod Flip-Out (2005), confirms his reputation as Israel’s bestselling young writer and new national conscience. Keret read from these ‘bite-sized satiric tales’ and discussed ‘the difficulty of life and the easiness of writing.’
Michal Bat Adam, in conversation with Eilat Negev, explored the relationship between her life and her work as a writer and film maker.
Remember your bar mitzvah? Not the important religious rite of passage but the party!
This is what the authors of The Bar Mitzvah Disco have given us: hilarious and embarrassing photos, biting accounts by celebrated authors of over the top celebrations, atrocious clothes and painful adolescent experiences – cultural history with a Duran Duran backbeat.
2007, Israel, 62 min Jerrold Kessel and Pierre Klochendler
This film is based on the book, Goals for Galilee, a winning soccer-based diary, played out within a democracy in conflict. The first Arab club in the top league battles for survival, a metaphor for the Arab minority’s battles for acceptance within Israeli society. Minority versus Majority: it’s the ultimate match for securing equal rights and co-existence.
It was followed by Q&A with the authors.
Antony Sher played the title role in Gregory Doran’s critically acclaimed RSC production of King Lear and his stupendous performance was designated ‘a crowning achievement in a major career’. Sher describes his year researching, rehearsing and performing one of the greatest roles in English theatre, in conversation with Doran.
Alba Arikha and Janet Wolff present their stunning and idiosyncratic coming-of-age memoirs, exploring their family backgrounds, from post-war Manchester to 1980s Paris. They write of lives intellectually and emotionally enriched by those they encounter – in person, on canvas or through books – among them the leading thinkers, artists and writers of their days. Yet both grew up in the shadow of the Shoah, aware of family members lost, of war and of exile.