Welcome to the inaugural Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival

“It started with a word”

Jews have forever been people of the book, not just the book but every kind of book. Always literate, Jewish hunger for the written word is legendary. Now in a new literary event, Melbourne celebrates books and writing by and about Jews.

Welcome to the Inaugural Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival (31 May – 2 June 2014)

A carnival of words and language, of storytelling and reading, of intellectual, emotional and spiritual enquiry, the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival showcases over 60 Australian and international guests who are Jewish or explore Jewish themes in their work. The inaugural festival opens with a Saturday night Gala hosted by stand up comic and writer, Rachel Berger, followed by two days of concurrent sessions as your favourite writers mix with others you’ll be excited to discover.

Festival guests include celebrated international authors, Americans Dara Horn (A Guide for the Perplexed), Matthue Roth (My First Kafka) and Israeli Zeruya Shalev (The Remains of Love).
Melbourne’s own Peter and Renata Singer will also be in town to discuss their jointly written “The Moral of the Story”

On international video link from the USA, Rachael Kohn interviews today’s most famous psychotherapist Irvin Yalom (The Spinoza Problem) and from Israel, powerful novelist and peace activist, David Grossman, will talk to Sally Warhaft about his newly translated novel Falling out of Time.

The program also includes a huge offering of well-known local and interstate writers such as Andrea Goldsmith, Elliot Perlman, Maria Tumarkin, Howard Goldenberg, Linda Jaivin, Ben Naparstek and Arnold Zable.

We invite you to come to this exciting new festival of books, writing and ideas; to be moved, excited and entertained.