Hall of Fame: Paulo Coelho

October 3, 2011

"A new year is a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within. Shana Tova."


Gove asks schools to pull out of Tottenham festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has intervened to ask primary schools to pull their pupils out of a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

Mr Gove wrote to headteachers after learning of the plans for youngsters to attend workshops at the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival.

Eight schools from the north London boroughs of Islington and Haringey had signalled their i


Comedy theatre to be renamed after Harold Pinter

By Jennifer Lipman, September 9, 2011

The celebrated Jewish playwright Harold Pinter is to have a theatre named in his honour.

Mr Pinter, who died in 2008 at the age of 78, won a Nobel Prize for literature and was the author of 32 plays including The Birthday Party and The Caretaker.


Literary festival attracts top Jewish writers

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

Jewish writers will be answering questions and sparking debate this week at the annual Hampstead and Highgate Literary festival.

The event, organised by the London Jewish Cultural Centre, takes place at Ivy House from this Sunday.


PSC target primary kids in lit festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

Primary school pupils will be encouraged to write about "children under occupation" at a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

The workshops will encourage children to examine "the themes of human rights" through rap, poetry and short story-writing.

Schools taking part in the Tottenham Palestine Literature Festival, organised by the Haringey Justice for Palestinians b


Bollywood's Bachchan to play Jewish crook in Great Gatsby film

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A top Bollywood star is to take on the role of a Jewish gambler in Baz Luhrmann's £78 million film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Amitabh Bachchan will appear as Meyer Wolfsheim, a shadowy and untrustworthy figure said to have fixed the baseball World Series.


Gaiman's American Gods to become HBO series

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

A British Jewish writer is to see his bestselling novel adapted into a series for the edgy American television channel HBO.

Neil Gaiman's 2001 book, American Gods, is a gothic tale of a modern-day America populated by mysterious deities and spirits.


Jewish writer Philip Levine named as US poet laureate

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

A Jewish writer has been named as the new poet laureate of the United States.

Philip Levine, 83, will start his role as the country's 18th poet laureate in October.

Mr Levine, whose parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.


On this day: Mahmoud Darwish dies

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

Darwish was an iconic figure to the Palestinians; a poet, but also a prominent political voice. When he died he was mourned by ten thousand Palestinians and the Ramallah Cultural Palace was renamed in his honour.


Israeli kids to be told 'Go the F*** to Sleep'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

A children's book with a particularly unusual message is set to be published in Hebrew.

Adam Mansbach's book Go the F*** to Sleep has been a runaway success since it was published in June.

Described as a children's book for adults, it was developed from a jokey Facebook post prompted by Mr Mansbach's toddler daughter's refusal to go to sleep.