Engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining Rachel Kolsky is a prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide (www.golondontours.com) who is passionate about exploring London’s heritage. Her walks and talks cover a wide range of themes and areas but always focus on the ‘human stories behind the buildings’. She has published four books, Jewish London (2012), Whitechapel in 50 Buildings (2016), Secret Whitechapel (2017) and Women’s London (2018).
Rachel Kolsky joined us for the launch of Jewish London, throughout the session she delved into literature and films featuring sites, past and present, of Jewish London. Rachel co-wrote ‘Jewish London’ a new comprehensive guidebook which focuses on the heritage and culture of London’s historic and current Jewish community, including listings of places to eat, shop, stay and pray. This presentation included a screening of ‘The Tenth Man’, a delightful short, filmed on...
From Haggadot to Hogwarts – A Walk Around King’s Cross
This excursion to showed some of the world’s most important Hebrew manuscripts, housed in the British Library. Ilana Tahan introduced treasures including the 14th century Golden Haggadah from Catalonia, Spain, and the 1482 Lisbon Bible. Rachel Kolsky then lead a gentle walk to explore the renovated Victorian Kings Cross and St Pancras railway stations and their literary associations. The tour ended at Kings Place in time for Jewish Book Week’s afternoon sessions.
Jewish Book Week through the year: From Hackney Downs to “The Lowlife”
Rachel Kolsky took us on a tour of Hackney and Dalston to discover its associations with some of the Jewish writers who found inspiration from the diverse communities of London’s East End.
From Grace Aguilar in the early 19th century to playwrights Arnold Wesker and Harold Pinter at Hackney Downs to Alexander Baron’s Lowlife and Roland Camberton’s Rain on the Pavements, the tour included readings to bring to life the places the writers knew, in their own words.
Women’s London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives
Join prize-winning tour guide, award-winning librarian and author Rachel Kolsky as she profiles her latest book, Women’s London. Inspired by walking tours she devised for The Women’s Library and responding to those who encouraged her to put her words on paper, she published a guide book to London featuring the impact women have had on its society, heritage and streetscape. From scientists to suffragettes, reformers and royals, authors and artists, sit back and discover some of Ra...