Milim continues to thrill crowds

BOOK TALK: Sports journalist David Conn shows his book Richer Than God to Bob Bowman, Leeds Rhinos Foundation director of operations, during a Milim event on Wednesday

LEEDS Jewish Literary Festival, Milim, continues to attract eager audiences to hear a wide range of guest speakers.

Writer and actress Vanessa Rosenthal enthralled an audience at Leeds Central Library when she spoke about the techniques employed in creating characters, places and time, with a particular emphasis on the challenge of turning real lives as recorded in diaries and letters into drama.

Vanessa also referred to the frustrations felt when something she writes ends up on the cutting room floor.

Vanessa originated and devised Writing the Century for BBC Radio 4 and also writes for Woman's Hour.

Deborah Freeman, playwright and poet, spoke at the Leeds Library about the journey of a play.

Originally from Bristol, Deborah has lived in Leeds, Israel and Manchester before settling in London.

Her plays have been staged in several London fringe venues, and her poems are widely read.

Her talk focused on her play The Song of Deborah, which performed at several locations in the UK and was translated into Hebrew for performances in Jerusalem.

It was another full house at Seven Arts, in Chapel Allerton, when a panel-led discussion debated the subject of culture and what it means in today's world, in anticipation of the Leeds bid for European Capital of Culture 2023.

The event was chaired by Andrew Edwards, of Radio Leeds.

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