Literature

Where Joshua Sobol and Etgar Keret come to write

By Julia Weiner, June 24, 2010

It is the place where visual artists, musicians, writers and theatre directors go when they really want to focus. Cove Park is an international centre in Scotland that offers artists who work in a variety of media residencies to undertake research and develop new projects. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, it was the brainchild of Eileen and Peter Jacobs, a couple originally from Glasgow who have been based in London since 1983.

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Howard Jacobson and Rabbi Blue win religious broadcasting prizes

By Simon Rocker, May 27, 2010

Novelist Howard Jacobson scooped a top religious broadcasting award on Tuesday for his personal exploration of Genesis, shown on Channel 4 earlier this year.

The programme - the first in a seven-part series about the Bible - won the premier prize for TV in the Sandford St Martin Trust awards at Lambeth Palace in London.

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'Zionist myth' book on prize shortlist

By Simon Rocker, April 29, 2010

A controversial book which argues that the idea of a Jewish people descended from the ancient Israelites is a Zionist myth, has been shortlisted for British Jewry's main literary award.

The Invention of the Jewish People by Tel Aviv University Professor Shlomo Sand is one of four books up for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize.

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The literary entertainer

By David Herman, March 25, 2010

Manhood for Amateurs
By Michael Chabon
Fourth Estate, £16.99

Maps and legends
By Michael Chabon
Fourth Estate, £8.99

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The Booker nominees: 40 years late

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2010

Authors Elaine Feinstein and the late Muriel Spark have been nominated for a “lost” Booker Prize alongside 20 other authors whose 1970 novels were published in a year the award missed.

In 1971, just two years after it began, the Booker Prize ceased to be awarded retrospectively and became, as it is today, a prize for the best novel in the year of publication.

At the same time, the date on which the award was given moved from April to November.

As a result of these changes, there was a whole year’s gap when a variety of fiction, published in 1970, fell through the net.

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Adam Foulds nominated for Man Booker Prize

By Jessica Elgot, September 9, 2009

Novelist Adam Foulds, has had his third book The Quickening Maze shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

The son of New Essex Masorti Rabbi Michael Foulds, Mr Foulds, 34, was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2008 for his debut novel The Truth About These Strange Times.

He has also won the Costa poetry prize and the Somerset Maugham Award from the Society of Authors for his poetic narrative The Broken Word a 60-page narrative poem about brutality during the Mau Mau uprisings in 1950s colonial Kenya,

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Jacobson enjoys novel approach of Limmud

By James Martin, March 19, 2009

Howard Jacobson was the star attraction at Sunday’s second Cambridge Limmud, which drew a crowd of close-on 400.

Event chair Tim Goldrein said the aim had been “to capitalise on our location by delivering the best high-brow speakers”. To this end there were 34 talks, as well as a special programme for children. “I think the work of our 100 volunteers paid off,” he reflected.

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The dead poet riding on the Tube

By Dana Gloger, September 19, 2008

An anti-war poem war by the late Isaac Rosenberg is to be displayed on the Underground.


When poet Isaac Rosenberg wrote On Receiving News of the War, he certainly would not have expected, that 90 years later, three-and-a-half million Tube passengers a day would be reading his work. But from Monday, the poem will be one of six displayed in 3,000 carriages across London's Underground network, as part of this year's autumn season of the Poems on the Underground scheme, which displays poetry on Tube trains for more than six months every year.

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