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Nov 2, 2015

In Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future, photographer Judah Passow documents the life of Scotland’s contemporary Jewish community. His project has been exhibited in Edinburgh’s Parliament and in galleries across Scotland and the US. Kenneth Collins’s Jewish Glasgow: an Illustrated History focuses on the Jewish contribution to this renowned city. Together with journalist Hugo Rifkind, they explore the uniqueness of the Jewish community north of the border – at once proud Scots and firmly rooted in Jewish tradition. 

Judah Passow is the winner of four world press photo awards for his coverage of conflict in the Middle East. His photographs have been published in leading UK and international newspapers and magazines and exhibited worldwide. 

Kenneth Collins is chairman of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, writing much on the Jews of Scotland. He is currently a visiting professor at the Medical Faculty of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Hugo Rifkind is an award-winning Edinburgh-born journalist who writes columns for The Times, The Spectator and GQ. He writes the satirical column “My Week” on Saturdays and is a frequent panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz.

Nov 2, 2015

Linguist David Crystal and his actor son Ben travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, their latest book You Say Potato celebrates the myriad varieties of English and how our accents speak louder than words. Join them on this dramatic, linguistic and familial journey. 

Ben Crystal is an actor, author and producer, best known for his work on performing and promoting the works of William Shakespeare in the so-called "original pronunciation."

David Crystal is a linguist, writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster. He has been a university professor and is the author of many books, including encyclopedias on language for Cambridge University Press.

Nov 2, 2015

Eva Schloss recounts the story of her long journey home after the liberation of Auschwitz and looks back at her family’s culturally rich life before tragedy struck. Her story begins in Amsterdam, like Eva Schloss’s school-fellow, Anne Frank, whose father married Eva Schloss’s mother after the war. This remarkable woman tells a tale of both tragedy and survival that induces humility and awe in all privileged to hear it.

Eva Schloss became a professional photographer after the war (using the Leica camera, a present from Otto Frank). She co-founded The Anne Frank Trust in 1990 and educates people on the perils of intolerance through her books and talks.

Nov 2, 2015

Actress Maureen Lipman joins poet Jeremy Robson in reading from his powerful and witty new collection of poetry – Blues in the Park – described by her as “a marvellous wry observation of the sweet, sour and savoury in life.” Maureen also contributes a few of her own witty monologues. Expect some literary surprises, and badinage à la Lipman...

Jeremy Robson, publisher and poet, worked with David Ben-Gurion, Marc Chagall and Carl Jung while a junior editor. He published high-profile authors with his own company Robson Books and set up the Robson Press in 2011.

Maureen Lipman is an award-winning actress, columnist and comedienne. Her extensive work includes See How They Run, which won the Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance, Oklahoma and Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.

Nov 2, 2015

Jewish Book Week co-presents this event with the Council of Christians and Jews.

Pope Francis’s rulings and decrees on religious and social issues affect people of all persuasions across the globe, not only Catholics. Paul Vallely’s recently acclaimed biography Pope Francis: Untying the Knots has been described by Mark Lawson as reading “like a lost, unexpectedly literate chapter of The Da Vinci Code.” Paul Vallely and chair of the Board of Deputies, Vivian Wineman, assess the ongoing influence of Pope Francis with Harry Freedman, author of The Talmud.

Paul Vallely is a writer and consultant on international development, religion and ethics. He has worked in newspapers, broadcasting, and with aid agencies, government and church organisation.

Vivian Wineman is president of the Board of Deputies and vice president of European Jewish Congress. A solicitor and property developer, he writes and lectures on Jewish history and law and is involved in interfaith work.

Harry Freedman has a PhD in the Aramaic translation of the Torah. His publications include The Gospels' Veiled Agenda and he contributed to the Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture.

In Association with the Council of Christians and Jews.

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