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Dr Paul Abramowitz

Having followed a rather circuitous route into his formal training in human sexuality by studies in both Eastern and Western traditions (PhD), Paul is a long-time student who has dedicated most of his adult life to exploring creative avenues of expression and practice that lead to a fuller understanding of the lived human experience. His book Sexed highlights disappeared conversations about the heterosexual man and couple – towards the sharing of more extraordinary lives together.

Ronen Aires

Ronen is the co-founder and CEO of Student Village, South Africa’s most prominent student marketing and graduate development specialists. Ronen has dedicated much of his career to supporting youth and guiding them to greatness. Whether it’s speaking on podcasts and news programs, or writing articles or his book Breach, Ronen utilises all available platforms to highlight the genius of today’s young adults. Ronen is also an advocate for and speaks about psychedelic healing and breathwork.

Antony Altbeker

Antony works as an economist, mostly for the National Treasury. He has written three books, all about crime and policing. He has three dogs, three children and three hours of load shedding a day. His books include The Dirty Work of Democracy: A year on the streets with the SAPS,  A Country at War With Itself: South Africa’s crisis of crime and Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A true story of murder and the miscarriage of justice.

Allen Ambor

Allen founded Spur Steak Ranches in 1967 when he invested R4 000 to open the Golden Spur in Newlands, Cape Town. After he opened the second restaurant in Sea Point, he decided that franchising was the best option to grow the business, which listed on the JSE in 1986. Ambor lives in Cape Town and is an Iyengar yoga practitioner and teacher. His book is called A taste For Life: How the Spur Legend was Born.

Jonathan Ancer

Jonathan is a journalist, author, podcaster, mountain biker and cryptic crossword junkie. He’s written five books, has four children, one wife and the largest Billy Bunter collection in Africa.

Rachel Ancer

In December Dr Marc Hendricks opened 14-year-old Rachel Ancer’s medical file and wrote “D/C”.  These two letters – the medical abbreviation for “discharge” – signalled the end of a seven-year-eight-month medical journey. Rachel was diagnosed with an extremely rare bone marrow failure illness in 2015 and needed a life-saving bone marrow transplant, which she had in 2017.  In April 2023 Rachel will meet her bone marrow donor – a stranger from Poland who gave her the gift of life.

Marlene Bethlehem

Marlene is an accomplished sportswoman, Jewish communal leader and South African political leader. She has been National Chairperson and President of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies , Deputy Chairperson of South Africa’s Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic communities, and President of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. She played on the international tennis circuit from 1959 – 1962 and won the Wimbledon Plate in 1962.

Ryan Blumenthal

Ryan is a senior specialist forensic pathologist and associate professor at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Forensic Medicine. His book Autopsy – Life in the trenches with a forensic pathologist from Africa, launched August 2020 became a non-fiction best-seller in South Africa. His eight-part documentary Lightning Pathologist (Channel 180 DSTV) aired in November 2020 and was viewed by over 2.2 million people.

Batya Bricker

Batya is general manager of Books and Brand for Exclusive Books, with over 20 years in the SA book industry. She writes and speaks regularly for radio, print and in person – including London’s Jewish Book Week Family Programme in 2022. Her book, Goodnight Golda – Brave and Mighty Jewish Women to Inspire us all – celebrates 32 amazing Jewish women from biblical times till today, who changed their world, and in so doing, changed ours.

David Brock Katz

David is a chartered accountant, obtained his masters (cum laude) and PhD in military science at Stellenbosch University. He lectures at the Army and Defence Colleges of the South African National Defence Force and is a serving member of the Andrew Mlangeni Regiment. He has published numerous academic papers and two books, South Africans versus Rommel and General Jan Smuts and His First World War in Africa. He is married to architect Adina Bregman.

Dr Nechama Brodie

Nechama is a journalist and academic, and the author of ten best-selling books including two novels. She is a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg where she teaches journalism, and researches issues around fatal violence, public health, and misinformation. Her most recent books are Femicide in South Africa (2020) and Farm Killings in South Africa (2022).

Colin Coleman

Colin is the former CEO of Goldman Sachs for Sub-Saharan Africa. He was a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; is a member of the board of The Foschini Group;  Co-Chair of the Youth Employment Service; and a board member of  Business Leadership South Africa, and the National Business Initiative. Colin was named one of the World Economic Forum’s “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” and one of Euromoney’s World Top Ten “Financing leaders for the 21st Century.” Colin is writing a book Chasing Mandela’s Dream.

Judge Dennis Davis

Dennis is a retired Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court and an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town where he teaches Competition Law, Jurisprudence and Constitutional Litigation.  He has written numerous books and the latest is called Lawfare (co-writer Michelle Le Roux). He is married to Claudette and has two children Liat and Joshua. He is a passionate Manchester United supporter.

David Dison

David is a specialist defamation and media lawyer who has fought numerous anti-censorship cases and represented hundreds of detainees and trialists in the eighties. His novels include Death in the New Republic and The Good Nigerian and the third in the Detective Jerome Nossel series – The Boxer – will be out later this year. Dison’s focus on Johannesburg as a character in his noir crime novels has struck a chord beyond SA.

Prof. Nicky Falkof

Nicky is a writer and academic from Johannesburg. She is currently an associate professor in the Wits Media Studies department. Her books include Worrier State: Risk, anxiety and moral panic in South Africa, The End of Whiteness: Satanism and family murder in late apartheid South Africa and the edited collections Anxious Joburg: The inner lives of a global south city and Intimacy & Injury: In the wake of #MeToo in India and South Africa. 

Vanya Gastrow

Vanya is a lawyer and researcher whose work explores the intersections between law, society, and citizenship. This often involves engaging with diverse individuals and parties about their first-hand experiences and opinions of law and justice in South Africa. Through these encounters she seeks to better understand the nature of democracy and rights in a globalised, plural, and contested age. Her book is called Citizen and Pariah: Somali Traders and the Regulation of Difference in South Africa.

Denis Hirson

Denis Hirson grew up in South Africa and has lived in France since 1975. Most of his ten books, in prose and poetry, concern the memory of growing up in South Africa under apartheid. Before My Thirty-Minute Bar Mitzvah (2022) came Footnotes for the Panther (2017), ten conversations with William Kentridge, and Ma langue au chat (2017), in French, concerning the torture and delight of speaking and writing in that language.

Joanne Jowell

Joanne published her first book, Managing the Quarterlife Crisis: Facing life’s choices in your 20s and 30s at age 28. She is the author of numerous biographies including Zephany: Two mothers. One daughter. Joanne has created a signature style of creative non-fiction, examining the multiple voices that collide in a biography. Her latest book – I am Ella: A remarkable story of survival, from Auschwitz to Africa – is due out in this year.

Melanie Judge

Melanie is a long-time queer and feminist activist. She works with civil society organisations, donor agencies, and multilateral institutions, on strategy, advocacy and research for sexual and gender rights and justice in Africa. She is an adjunct Associate Professor in Public Law at the University of Cape Town and a Senior Policy Advisor on LGBTI Inclusion in Africa for the United Nations Development Programme.

Karen Kallmann

Karen Kallmann has a Masters in Development Studies. She works as an independent researcher and has authored a number of NGO publications.  She has worked for Oxfam and the Black Sash and is currently chair of the Union of Jewish Women Cape Town and sits on the Cape Jewish Board of Deputies. Karen is passionate about women’s issues and Jewish learning. She is married with 5 children and enjoys travelling with them in developing countries.

Hedi Lampert

Hedi Lampert is a published author and award winning journalist. Hedi brings an insatiable curiosity in the fields of genetics, psychology and relationship dynamics into her writing, which has been described as witty, warm, honest and profoundly insightful. She is also an editor, writing coach, professional speaker, voiceover artist, and pottery teacher. Hedi lives in Cape Town. She has two children, two dogs and three cats.

Anne Lapedus Brest

Anne was born in Dublin, Ireland and came to South Africa in 1961 with her parents and brother. She is a photographer, author, genealogist and researcher. She loves gardening, music, dancing, watching Netflix and keeping very fit. She has written two books: CATASTROPHE Oy Vey my Child is Gay and an ADDICT and When Irish Eyes are NOT Smiling. She has two children and lives with her son and husband in Johannesburg.

Janine Lazarus

Janine is a published author, former investigative journalist, radio talk show host, television presenter and researcher/producer for both local and international factual television programming. She has worked in media for almost 40 and now uses her experience to run highly interactive and practical workshops for clientele to develop the skills necessary for successful encounters with both internal and external audiences.

James Leatt

James was a Methodist minister before joining the Religious Studies department at the University of Cape Town. He held a chair at UCT’s Graduate School of Business and was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor at UCT in 1985, and Vice Chancellor of the University of Natal in 1991. Later he became CEO of the Cape Higher Education Consortium and a consultant. He is editor-in-chief of Contending Ideologies in South Africa (David Philip, 1986). He wrote Conjectures: Living with Questions.

Tony Leon

Tony is chairman of a strategic communications company; founding leader of the Democratic Alliance; and longest serving leader of the official opposition in Parliament since 1994. He was a Member of Parliament for 20 years and played a key role in drafting South Africa’s democratic constitution. He served as South African Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. An attorney by profession, he is the author of five books, the most recent of which is Future Tense – Reflections on my Troubled Land. 

Beverley Lester

Beverley was born in London and grew up in South Africa and Israel. She studied law in Johannesburg, worked in publishing in Tel Aviv, and trained as an integrative psychotherapist in London. Beverley works in private practice; she teaches, mentors and facilitates groups; and supervises trainee and qualified therapists. Beverley has a particular interest in trans-generational trauma. We Were The Newmans, published in March 2021,is her first novel.

Rael Levitt

Rael is an entrepreneur, author, and business leader. He has a double masters degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the National University of Singapore. Levitt has founded real estate, investment, and asset management companies. In 2017 Levitt founded Inospace, an owner and manager of serviced industrial and logistics parks with assets in SA and the UK. Hi book It Takes a Tsunami was published by Mercury in 2022.

Des Lindberg

Des Lindberg has enjoyed a successful career as an entertainer, with many hits including The Seagull’s Name was Nelson in 1971, which topped the charts for 20 weeks. His influence in the South African Theatre Industry has been far reaching and significant. He was Chairman of the Theatre Managements of SA for 22 years and on the Boards of the State Theatre and the Johannesburg Theatre. His career spanned 55 years with his late wife Dawn, from singing folksongs in coffee-bars to producing musicals and cabarets, protesting against apartheid, and enduring special branch harassment and bannings.

Peter Lindenberg

Born in Johannesburg in 1955, Peter always dreamed of being a race car driver. His determination led to a celebrated racing career. Lindenberg then opened his own business selling powerboats. His passion for water skiing, powerboat and car racing saw him being awarded national colours on 39 occasions in all three sports and he features in the South African Sports Hall of Fame. Peter shifted his focus from powerboats to cars and Lindenberg Racing is currently the leading team in historic car racing in South Africa.

David Lurie

David has taught philosophy, been a researcher in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics and worked as an economist before turning to photography. He started working on documentaries in London and published his book of photography, Life in the Liberated Zone. His work has been published and exhibited all over the world and he is the recipient of several awards including Pictures of the Year International, the World Understanding Award for Cape Town Fringe: Manenberg Avenue is where it’s Happening; Nikon (UK); Ilford Pro Photo (SA); and Arts Council of Great Britain Grant Awards.

Dominique Malherbe

An admitted attorney, Dominique initially specialised in tax law but later moved into academia. In 2011, a creative writing course inspired her passion for the writing life, and she has since published three memoirs. Her most recent, a combination of memoir and biography explores the life of literary executrix to Afrikaans icon, C J Langenhoven, namely, the Jewess, Sarah Goldblatt. Dominique continues her involvement in academia and is currently completing a further memoir.

Liz McGregor

Liz started her career on the legendary anti-apartheid Rand Daily Mail newspaper.  She spent two years in South Korea stringing for the Observer and the Independent, before moving to London where she became the Guardian’s deputy opinion page editor. In 2003, she returned to South Africa and, through the prism of Aids, rugby and, most recently, the murder of her father, has produced books engaging with the myriad complexities of contemporary South Africa.

Adam Mendelsohn

Adam is the author of Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War (2022) and of the award winning The Rag Race (2014), as well as co-editor of Jews and the Civil War (2010), Transnational Traditions (2014), and Yearning to Breathe Free: Jews in Gilded-Age America (2022). He has co-curated exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society and Princeton University Museum of Art, and is a former editor of the journal American Jewish History.

Richard Mendelsohn

Richard is a retired former head of the Department of Historical Studies at UCT. He is the author of Sammy Marks. The Uncrowned King of the Transvaal, co-editor of Memories, Realities and Dreams: Aspects of the South African Jewish Experience, and co-author with Milton Shain of The Jews in South Africa. An Illustrated History. He is currently writing the history of the Jews of Parow, his home town.

Michael Meyerson

Michael matriculated from King Edward V11 in 1968. He has worked in South Africa, England and Australia as a radiologist for four decades. He has written several articles on scepticism, rationalism and sport. His interest in sport and his sceptical mindset have come together in his book Tragedy and Triumph.

Aviva Pelham

Aviva has performed an exceptionally wide range of music, starring in opera, musicals, operetta, concerts and cabaret. In a career spanning 50 years, she has enchanted audiences and spread the healing power of music on international stages, television, and radio. Her one woman show, Santa’s Story, on her mother’s life has been performed on five continents. Aviva’s versatility extends to lecturing, teaching, fundraising and directing. She has a passion for outreach upliftment projects and mentoring fresh talent.

Deborah Posel

Deborah is a historical sociologist who has researched and written extensively on South Africa’s past and present. Her books include The Making of Apartheid, Apartheid’s Genesis and Commissioning the Past, to name a few. She is currently working on a book on Jewish history, tentatively titled Shame on You.

Angela Rothbart

Angela has been involved in various businesses, having started her main business selling factory garments from her baby’s pram. Since retiring and through the Jewish Seniors, it has been her privilege to meet the remarkable Henia Bryer who inspired her book, The Lightness of Air.

Tanja Sakota

Tanja is an artistic researcher, writer, filmmaker and Associate Professor at the School of Arts, Wits University.  Coupled with more than 20 years of experience in academic teaching, her practice-based research focuses on memory traces as they become accessible through history, heritage, architecture, sites and locations in landscape and city spaces. Her aim is to blur the boundaries of theory and practice and use a camera for research to make the invisible visible.

Gail Schimmel

Gail has a BA and LLB from Wits University, and a Honours Degree in Psychology and LLM from Unisa. She has worked as a lecturer, attorney and consultant, and is currently the CEO of the Advertising Regulatory Board of South Africa. She is also a bestselling novelist.

John Schlapobersky

John is a London-based psychotherapist and author. Born in Johannesburg, he was arrested at Wits University under the Terrorist Act and later deported. He is a training analyst at the Institute of Group Analysis; a Research Fellow at Birkbeck, London University; and teaches internationally.  He helped found the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture (now Freedom From Torture), a human rights charity.  His last book, When They Came For Me: The Hidden Diary Of An Apartheid Prisoner, was launched on the anniversary of his arrest.

Patricia Schonstein

Patricia is an established novelist, poet, curator of anthologies and author of children's books. She serves on the Poetry in McGregor committee. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon is the internationally bestselling author of numerous prize-winning books including Catherine The Great & Potemkin, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Stalin: the Court of the Red Tsar, History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards; Young Stalin, the Costa Biography Award, the LA Times Book Prize for Biography, the Kreisky Prize and the Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique; Jerusalem: The Biography JBC Book of the Year Prize and the Wenjin Book Prize in China; The Romanovs: 1613-1918, the Lupicaia del Terriccio Book Prize. He is the author of the Moscow Trilogy of novels: Sashenka, Red Sky At Noon and One Night In Winter, which won the Political Fiction Book of the Year Award. He is also the author of Written In History: Letters That Changed the World and Voices Of History: Speeches that Changed The World. 

Milton Shain

Milton is Professor Emeritus of Historical Studies at University of Cape Town. He has written, co-authored and edited over a dozen books, including A Perfect Storm: Antisemitism in South Africa 1930-1948 which won the Recht Malan Prize for English and Afrikaans Non-Fiction in 2016. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa.

Kate Sidley

Kate has worked as a columnist, journalist, reviewer, editor and author. She now works almost exclusively as an author, co-writer and ghost writer, and has written 12 books of fiction and non-fiction. Most recently, she co-authored The Elephants of Thula Thula, with Françoise Malby-Anthony. Kate is also one half of the successful Katie Gayle murder mystery writing partnership (along with Gail Schimmel).

Steven 'Boykey' Sidley

Steven is an award-winning author of the novels Entanglement, Stepping Out, Imperfect Solo, Free Association, Leaving Word and the play Shape (co-written with his wife Kate Sidley), as well as the 2022 non-fiction release Beyond Bitcoin: Decentralised Finance and The End of Banks (co-written with Simon Dingle). His new book, Ownership Redefined, will be published in the UK by Hero Legend in June 2023. Sidley is Professor of Practice at JBS, University of Johannesburg.

Richard Sutton

Richard is the founder of Sutton Health, a performance and health consultancy. Personal excellence and performance realisation are key areas in his consulting work, which is process-driven, adaptable and attainable through lifestyle and behaviour changes. Richard works with companies, CEOS, industry leaders and individuals to cultivate positive change and aspirational success.

Leslie Swartz

Leslie is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Stellenbosch University.  His academic work focuses on disability, mental health and care issues.  His first memoir, Able-Bodied (Zebra Press) dealt with disability issues in his family. Leslie is an experienced academic writer and editor (he currently edits the South African Journal of Science) but he has a long interest in how memoir and life-writing can be used to communicate beyond academic circles.

Rabbi Sam Thurgood

Rabbi Sam grew up in Durban and has been in Cape Town since 2012. He served as Rabbi of Beit Midrash Morasha until mid 2022, before returning to his most passionate passion, Jewish Education, taking up the position of Head of Jewish Life and Learning at United Herzlia Schools. He strives to facilitate his students' connection to their faith, people, land and language – whilst working on all of these things in his own life too.

Louisa Treger

Louisa is the critically acclaimed author of The Lodger (2014), The Dragon Lady (2019), and Madwoman (2022), a historical fiction Book of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times. She lives in London, but has strong South African connections, as her mother was born in Durban and she returns regularly to visit family.

Pieter-Dirk Uys

Pieter is  an acclaimed South African performer, author, satirist, and social activist. One of his best known roles is as Evita Bezuidenhout, an Afrikaans socialite. He has been writing and performing since 1969 and has written over 25 plays and numerous books. He has long been an active campaigner — HIV and Aids awareness and education, freedom of speech and expression, and voter education and registration.

Paul Weinberg

Paul is a photographer, curator, filmmaker, writer, and archivist. In the 1980s he photographed for NGOs and covered news but from 1990 he concentrated on in-depth photography. He was a founder member of Afrapix and South. He has produced 20 books and been published in many anthologies. Weinberg has exhibited widely, locally and internationally. He taught photography at Duke University in the US and at the University of Cape Town. He is currently a research associate at University of Johannesburg and curator at the Photography Legacy Project.

Charlotte Wiener

Charlotte grew up in East London, obtained a B.Sc. [Pharm] degree at Rhodes University in 1969 and went to live in Johannesburg. She married Dennis Wiener and moved to Pietersburg. She has three children: Janine, Elian and Mandy and seven grandchildren. She wrote her MA Thesis The History of the Pietersburg/Polokwane Jewish Community in 2006 at the University of South Africa. She moved to Netanya, Israel in 2003 and wrote The Jewish Country Communities of Limpopo/Northern Transvaal in 2016.

Mandy Wiener

Mandy is an award-winning journalist and author. She currently hosts the Midday Report on Radio 702, writes a weekly column for EWN, and writes regularly for News24. Mandy was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award for her book Killing Kebble. She has published numerous other best-selling books and specialises in investigative journalism and legal matters. Her latest book is called Gqimm Shelele:The Robert Marawa Story.

Mark Winkler

Mark is a well-known South African author. His latest book, The Errors of Dr Browne, tells of a witch trial held in 1662 in England. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels An Exceptionally Simple Theory (of Absolutely Everything), Wasted, The Safest Place You Know, Theo & Flora and Due South of Copenhagen. He has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize three times and longlisted once. His work is published worldwide in English and in French translation. He lives in Cape Town.


Viv Anstey

Viv is a serial social entrepreneur, being the catalyst for numerous start-ups on the SA Jewish scene including The Eliot Osrin Leadership Institute, Melton, Limmud SA, SA Jewish Literary Festival, PJ Library, Tikkun, the SA Jewish Museum, and Jewish Trauma Network. She has a Masters in Social Work and one in Jewish Community Service. Her passion lies in Jewish continuity, community, education and leadership.

Vasti Calitz

Vasti is the host and executive producer of the local literary podcast A Readers’Community. She has also worked as a producer on the Open Book Podcast, The Empty Chair, by PEN SA and Cinidb.Africa. She is a PhD Candidate in the Stellenbosch University philosophy department.

Prof. Hugh Corder

Hugh served as Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town from 1987-2019 and is now Professor Emeritus. A graduate of Cape Town , Cambridge and Oxford Universities, he was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1999-2008. A member of the committee which drafted South Africa’s first Bill of Rights in 1993, he has also played a leading role in administrative law reform initiatives since then. His published work concentrates on administrative justice and all aspects of the judicial office.

Beryl Eichenberger

Beryl has lived in Cape Town for over four decades and, after a successful career in media, she launched her own Public Relations company in 2000. After 15 years she ‘semi-retired’ to pursue the things she really loved - which involves words of all types. This self- confessed bookaholic uses her past PR experience to promote bookish projects but also moonlights as a freelance book reviewer, broadcaster, and voiceover artist.

Marc Falconer

Marc is a previous headmaster of King David, Linksfield and more lately, Herzlia High School in Cape Town. He is the author of Notes from a Headmaster’s Desk: The challenges of education, parenting and teenagers (Pan Macmillan, 2014). He is currently on sabbatical undertaking a PhD on the importance of literacy in education and has started an educational and mediation consultancy - Izun Consulting.

Anton Harber

Anton is executive director of the Campaign for Free Expression and the Henry Nxumalo Foundation for Investigative Journalism and Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wits University. His latest book is called So, for the record: Behind the headlines in a time of state capture (2021). Other books include Diepsloot and Southern African Muckrakers: 300 years of investigative reporting that shaped the region.

Annika Larsen

Annika was Senior News Reporter at South Africa’s only independent television news service ETV and eNCA. She has been a journalist for 20 years, covering a string of bomb attacks in Cape Town and doing in-depth investigations into the so-called radical terror/vigilante group PAGAD. She specialises in complex legal challenges including a wide range of cases against Jacob Zuma in the various courts, and has worked on the grim search for missing children as well as numerous trials involving child sex offenders, among other high profile and complex stories.

Ran Neu-Ner

Ran Neu-Ner is the founder and CEO of Crypto Banter, the largest streaming Crypto Channel today.In 2017, Ran approached CNBC and launched the world’s first televised crypto show-CNBC CRYPTO TRADER.  Ran is also the founder and CEO of Banter Capital, a $200m Crypto asset fund. Ran has been regularly ranked in the top 100 Blockchain Influencers. In his previous life, Ran founded and built media and marketing business ‘The Creative Counsel’, which he later sold to Publicis.

Dr Andrea Phillips-Seidel

Andrea is the mother of two adult daughters and a Doctor of Clinical Psychology. She has been in practice for 32 years in New York City, Germany, Greece and South Africa, specialising in women’s psychology and family systems therapy. She has written articles for various psychology publications, and published a book entitled This is my life. She is an advocate of neuroplasticity.

Nancy Richards

Nancy Richards is a veteran radio and print journalist, author, speaker and media trainer. In print she’s covered the environment, books, lifestyle, travel, art and décor. People’s Stories & Books is her podcast series and she is founder of an NPO: Woman Zone. She has authored/co-authored a number of books, the most recent The Skipper’s Daughter, her mother’s memoir and Women of Soil – changing lives marking 10 years of Woman Zone.

Karina M. Szczurek

Karina is the author and (co)editor of a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, most recently a memoir, The Fifth Mrs Brink; a collection of letters, You Make Me Possible: The Love Letters of Karina M. Szczurek and André Brink; and an anthology, Fluid: Freedom to Be. In 2019, she founded Karavan Press, an independent publishing house, and a year later, established the Philida Literary Award.

Benji Shulman

Benji has a masters degree in geography and has worked in a range of fields in the Jewish community including education, environment and outreach. He writes regularly in the media and hosts a weekly current affairs and culture show on 101.9 ChaiFM, often featuring new and exciting books on the Jewish literary scene.