Milim literary festival is back for a fourth year with its biggest programme yet. There will be something for everyone with a diverse range of events covering topics including politics, television, the arts, history and modern fiction.
The 2019 winter season began with a Holocaust Memorial Day event, Portrait of a Composer, where a new dramatisation written by Brian Daniels and directed by Emma Gordon retold the story of Gideon Klein who died in Auschwitz in 1946 on the centenary of his birth.
Looking ahead, on 28th February, The Grammar School at Leeds will host Tim Marshall, former diplomatic editor of Sky News as he discusses his 2018 bestseller, Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls. From Trump’s wall on the Mexican border to the Great Firewall of China, Tim provides an insight into the divisions that are shaping our world.
The ever-popular Poetry Café will return as Emma Gordon and Nicola Hipps present an informal inter-generational evening of poetry and prose at The Lounge on 5th March with performances by some of the their students.
For the second year running the festival welcomes contributions from Canada with poet Myna Wallins leading the talk, Memoir and Feminism in Poetry: Anatomy of an Injury as part of International Women’s Day celebrations on 8th March.
To celebrate World Book Day, on 11th March authors Donna Harrison and Hayley Dodsworth will be running an event at Brodetsky for Years 1 to 6 based on their book, Emma Bright and The Super Food Fight, leading the children through a world of life-sized edible characters exploring the importance of a healthy, balanced diet.
Local Israeli literature academic, Ian Vellins takes over Shadwell Library on 26th March for a study of some of the hilarious short stories from the popular Israeli satirist Ephraim Kishon.
The festival’s annual panel event returns to Seven Arts on 27th March with What Is Your Sacred Space? Andrew Edwards of BBC Radio Leeds will chair a discussion with representatives from some of the many different religions and communities which make up the city and give the audience a chance to say what they believe makes a space special.
Big Screen Little Screen, a joint event with the Leeds branch of the Jewish Historical Society takes place at BHH shul on 28th March, where professor Susan Vice will discuss the image of British Jewish life portrayed in the work of northern playwright Jack Rosenthal and its lasting effects on the contemporary British sitcom.
With so many amazing events lined up and many more to come, the festival is hoping to attract its biggest audience to date, so book your place now to avoid missing out on a world of discovery!
To book tickets visit Milim.org.uk or call Diane Saunders on 07946 533 290.