Maureen Lipman introduces The Chaim Bermant Award for Journalism, produced for Jewish Book Week 2015. The award is presented in memory of the late journalist and author, at once “Anglo-Jewry’s voice of conscience” and, by his own typically tongue-in-cheek designation, “a licensed heretic.” Contributors are the judges: journalists Miriam Gross, Gerald Jacobs and Geoffrey Paul, with readings by Maureen Lipman.
Miriam Gross is a Jerusalem-born journalist. She has been a literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph and an arts editor of The Daily Telegraph. She is a diarist for The Spectator and the author of An Almost English Life, a memoir.
Gerald Jacobs is literary editor of The Jewish Chronicle. He has contributed to most major UK publications, including The Times and the FT. He is the author of the first authorised biography of Judi Dench and the bestselling Sacred Games.
Geoffrey Paul served journalistic apprenticeships in Wales and Yorkshire, before coming to London as editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Working for the JC, he succeeded William Frankel as editor, retiring from the newspaper 23 years ago.
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.
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