Arts

Israeli setting for debut novel

Author Leah Kaminsky
It has taken author Leah Kaminsky 10 years to complete her debut novel, The Waiting Room, which is set mostly in Israel, mainly in Haifa, during the Second Intifada.
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Arthur Feinsod in Sydney.

Honouring Jan Karski’s legacy

A play by American Arthur Feinsod, staged in Sydney recently, pays tribute to Jan Karski, recognised as Righteous Among the Nations for his efforts during World War II to help the Jews.

Morris Gleitzman has drawn on the Holocaust for his recent series of children’s books. Photo: Greg Beyer

New chapter in Holocaust saga

Bestselling Australian author Morris Gleitzman has written almost 40 books, including a series about a Jewish boy in Nazi-occupied Poland. The latest book in this remarkable children's series was released recently.

Israeli television director and writer Gideon Raff.

Writers in the spotlight

Leading overseas writers will join a strong line-up of local authors at this year’s Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, being held later this month to celebrate the richness and diversity of Jewish writing.

Amy Schumer and Bill Hader star in the romantic comedy Trainwreck.

No trainwreck for Schumer

Amy Schumer, who is enjoying widespread success with her American TV show, makes an impressive movie debut in the romantic comedy Trainwreck, which film critic Don Perlgut rates 4/5 stars.

Martin Chimes

Realising a writing dream

IN November 2013, Martin Chimes completed his dream of self-publishing his debut novel Into The Lion’s Den, but his joy was shortlived.

Barak Heymann’s documentary Almost Friends sees Israeli and Arab primary school students work together

Pick of Israeli films

The latest films and documentaries from Israel, along with some classic movies, will be screened at this year’s AICE Israeli Film Festival, being held around Australia this month.

Supersense curator Sophia Brous.

Ecstatic over a new arts festival

A new arts festival called Supersense opens at Arts Centre Melbourne this week and explores music, film, dance, performance art, sound and light.

MJWF director Esther Kister

Jewish writing on stage

A new stage production set around the work of 10 Australian and overseas Jewish authors will be staged by the Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival at the Alex Theatre on August 22-23.

Bernard Cohen at the prize-giving ceremony at the State Library of New South Wales.

$10,000 prize for humour writing

Author Bernard Cohen has won a $10,000 prize for humour writing for his novel The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies, published in 2013 by HarperCollins.