Ariel Kahn is a prize-winning writer and academic. He initially trained to be a rabbi in Israel. Whilst in Israel, he set up a writing group at the rabbinical school with fellow student, Matt Eisenfeld. Ariel was also the driving force in the Arab Israeli Book Club, which he set up with Palestinian novelist Samir El Youssef. The club was dedicated to building bridges through literature and shared discussion. The book club will be resurrected in 2018. He has won the Bloomsbury New Voices competition and came runner-up in the national Pulp Idol Fiction competition in 2017.
Sayed Kashua: Exposure
One of the most important contemporary writers in the Hebrew language, Sayed Kashua portrays Palestinian Israelis with complex and conflicted identities. He has a wry wisdom that he made his own in two novels and a popular Israeli TV sitcom, Arab Labor. Kashua presented his third novel, Exposure in a discussion with London’s Arab Israeli Book Club chaired by Ariel Kahn.
In his latest outing Kashua traces two parallel Palestinian characters: a social worker-turned-photographer who ado...
Workshop on Graphic Novels
Come and learn the secrets of creating comics from a team of celebrated graphic novelists. Bring your existing work and produce new work at the workshop. The team includes teenage graphic artist Zoom Rockman, creator of The Zoom, winner at the International Comics Festival in Korea and of the Spirit of London award, who helped commemorate WWI in a cartoon strip on the BBC’s website. A creative workshop for children in school years 3 to 8. Older aspiring car...
The Art of the Graphic Novel
Join leading Israeli graphic novelists Rutu Modan (The Property and Exit Wounds) and Yirmi Pinkus (Petty Business and Professor Fabrikant’s Historical Cabaret) and British artist and curator, Sarah Lightman, editor of Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women to celebrate this most contemporary form of storytelling, which has exploded in popularity over recent decades. The event is chaired by Ariel Kahn.
Kabbalah Revealed: Through history and fiction
Harry Freedman, author of the acclaimed The Talmud: A Biography, and novelist Ariel Kahn discuss and explore the meaning and relevance of the Kabbalah today. In Scandal, Secrecy and the Soul: A History of Kabbalah, Harry tells the fascinating story of Kabbalah from its earliest origins, while Ariel, in his debut novel Raising Sparks, tells the story of Malka, a young girl from Jerusalem’s Hassidic community, who discovers she has an extraordinary gift.