Chicken Soup for the Lockdown Soul

When days get colder, and more covid-y, what better way to lift your spirits and warm your soul than by cooking up a great chicken soup. We had the great pleasure of hosting two amazing

Etgar Keret in conversation

Fly Away with Etgar Keret It was the first in-person gathering for the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival since February 2020 and there was a buzz at the Ritz Cinema as people queued to get up

Judy Batalion in conversation

In ‘The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance, Their Untold Story’ author Judy Batalion brings to light stories of women’s courage and ingenuity that have been lost in time, until now. Witnesses

Danielle Celermajer in conversation with Tim Hollo

Hear Danielle Celermajer reflect on Australia’s ecological future. As bushfires ravaged our country during the Black Summer of 2019-20, philosopher Danielle Celermajer wrote stories for ABC Online about what she saw happening to the world around her

Alex Miller in conversation with Scott Whitmont

Alex Miller took us on a journey to unravel a dear friend’s life in Germany (later Poland) before the war. A cherished mentor to Alex, Max Blatt is a man haunted by what happened to

Dani Shapiro in conversation with Juliet Rieden

It's a fine spring day in 2016, and Dani Shapiro has just casually submitted her DNA to a genealogy website. She will soon receive the news that her beloved deceased Dad was not her biological

Growing Up Queer – Benjamin Law in conversation with Roz Bellamy and Hayley Katzen

Benjamin Law interviewed two emerging literary talents, Hayley Katzen and Roz Bellamy, about Australian Jewish queer identity and the inspiration behind their writing. With recurring themes of home, migration, and belonging, their collective works are

Susan Neiman in conversation with Michaela Kalowski

Interview with Susan Neiman, the author of Learning from the Germans: Confronting Race and the Memory of Evil Susan Neiman’s most recent book, Learning from the Germans: Confronting Race and the Memory of Evil, combines philosophical reflection

Author Arnold Zable in conversation with Nicole Abadee

Interview with Arnold Zable, the author of The Watermill Celebrated author Arnold Zable returns to SJWF to discuss his latest book, The Watermill. The collection of four stories explores themes of past trauma, healing, displacement and belonging,

Author Esther Amini in conversation with Karmel Melamed

Interview with author of Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America Born to Persian Jews who fled Iran, Esther Amini grew up in freewheeling 1960s New York. Concealed: Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian