Jewish Literary Festival visitors can look forward to another abundant line-up of authors at the upcoming 15 March 2020 event.
In an effort to bring you fresh and diverse voices, the team has pulled together new and exciting as well as longstanding favourites.
Just one very welcome guest will be Thomas Harding, British author of award winning bestsellers Hanns and Rudolph and The House by the Lake, and most recently Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea and the Company that took on the World. The latter is described as “a panoramic new history of modern Britain, as told through the story of one extraordinary family, and one ground-breaking company: Lyons & Co.” It has universal as well as specific value for the greater Jewish story, it being Harding’s own immigrant family journey, a “rags to riches” story of the British Dream to which many will relate.
For it has become somewhat urgent to document our histories, and to share our stories, so that we may never forget from where we came. As Harding inscribed on his grandparents headstones, after much deliberation and consultation with family far and wide:
“Here lie Helena and Lehmann Gluckstein. Matriarch and patriarch of the family who founded the catering firm J Lyons and the tobacco retailer Salmon and Gluckstein. Whose legacy was: Find a safe place. Love your family and friends. Give back to society. Savour the good things. Tell your story. Pass it on”.
We are delighted to have Harding join us in telling his story, that of a family who could have been any of ours, a sliver of the intertwined history of the Jews.
Don’t miss him and other exciting and insightful authors at JLF 2020. Bookings will be open soon so watch this space, visit www.jewishliteraryfestival.co.za or like our Facebook page.