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thumbnail_3A4A4516-2.jpgTuesday 9th April 2019
‘T.S. Eliot and Anti-Semitism in C20th Literary London’ at JW3 London

The case for T.S. Eliot’s antisemitism was successfully prosecuted some years ago, but the recent publication of his complete prose and letters have complicated the issue since, like the old joke, some of his best friends were Jewish. In this lecture, Aviva will explore who they were and how they caused Eliot’s views to change over the course of his writing life. To book click here.


Sunday 14th April 2019
‘April is The Cruellest Month’ at Tara Theatre

Curated by Aviva, this Spring edition of the Tara Poetry series welcomes Mimi Khalvati, Nick Drake, Rishi Dastidar and Maria Jastrzębska to read from their recently published collections and provide balm for our soul during this cruellest of months. They will be accompanied by singer Michal Ish-Horowicz, performing a range of Jazz standards. To book click here.


Monday 3rd June 2018
‘Exiled Writers’ at the Poetry Café
Aviva will curate and host this month’s Exiled Writers evening with poets and musicians. No advance booking necessary. For more information on the monthly Exiled Writers events click here.


Sunday 23rd June 2019
‘Instructions for Living a Life’ at Tara Theatre

This Summer edition of the Tara Poetry series highlights poets who follow Mary Oliver’s poetic instructions: “pay attention / be astonished / write about it”.  Series curator Aviva will be joined by local musicians and by three other award-winning emerging women poets; Jemma Borg, Sarala Estruch and Abigail Parry. Available to book from April, through the Tara Theatre website.


Friday 28th June – Sunday 7th July 2019
Bradford Literature Festival
Aviva will be a presenter at Bradford Literature Festival, one of the most inspirational festivals in Britain, with authors from across the UK and around the world. She will be reading her own poetry as well as in conversation with other cultural figures in a variety of events and workshops. For more information click here.


Sunday 30th June 2019
The Big Jewish Summer Fete
The Big Jewish Summer Fete is a celebration of Jewish culture bringing together the entire Islington community, Jewish and non-Jewish, for a fun, family-friendly, free day out. Aviva will be a presenting a 15 minute TED-style talk on modern Jewish literature and reading her poetry. For more information click here.


Friday 5th July – Sunday 14th July 2019
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Aviva will be a presenter at Ledbury Poetry Festival, the biggest poetry festival in the UK, on behalf of which which she has been running Holocaust workshops in schools during 2018-19. She will be reading from Primers Volume Three as well as participating in a panel session about poetry and politics. For more information click here.


Tuesday 16th July 2019
Jewish Historical Society (Essex Branch)
In this lecture on ‘Shakespeare and the Jews’ Aviva will be exploring whether Shakespeare was anti-Semitic, why he wrote about Venetian Jews and ask whether he drew his vision of them from real life. For more information click here.


Sunday 15th September 2019
Leeds Limmud
Aviva will be presenting at regional Jewish arts and culture festival Leeds Limmud, which is part of the wider UK British-Jewish educational charity promoting Jewish learning. For more information click here.