Location: Hashomer House, 37a Broadhurst Gardens, NW6 3QT
Speaker: Brian Klug
Information: Membership event - more information here http://www.meretz.org.uk/membership/
Meretz UK is happy to invite you to hear Dr Brian Klug speak about his latest book, Words of Fire: Selected Essays of Ahad Ha’am.
Ahad Ha’am (the pen name of Asher Ginsberg, 1856-1927) is one of the iconic figures of Zionism. But his cultural project led him to be a fierce critic of the political project of Theodor Herzl and others. In Words of Fire, Brian Klug (Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford) seeks to recall him not only as a historical figure but as someone whose thought is relevant to thinking about the future, both in Israel-Palestine and in the Diaspora.
Brian recently was in conversation with Dr Jacqueline Rose at the London Review Bookshop. It was a packed house and a lively event! Keith Kahn-Harris, a past Meretz UK speaker himself, reviewed Words of Fire for the JC last November.
Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford; member of the faculty of philosophy at the University of Oxford; Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton; and Fellow of the College of Arts & Sciences, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, where he was Chair of the Department of Philosophy.
Location: Light House Cinema Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Speaker: A documentary film by Johnny Gogan
Information: Tickets 11 Euros - duration 93 minutes
Operating as writer and market gardener from his base in rural Kilkenny, Hubert Butler explored Eastern Europe and the Balkans, establishing himself as “Ireland's Orwell”, our greatest essayist since Jonathan Swift. In this, the first documentary on Butler and his work, Johnny Gogan traces the writer's journey through Stalinist Russia of the early 1930s, through pre-war Vienna where Butler worked to smuggle Jews into Ireland, to his exposure of the hidden genocide of half a million Orthodox Serbs in WW2. Using recently declassified documents, this highly visual and expansive film explores why Butler “was fifty years ahead of his time” and “one of the great Irish writers".
Poet Chris Agee and biographer Robert Tobin lead the line of an impressive set of contributors in Johnny Gogan's fifth feature film in drama and documentary and his follow up to Black Ice which premiered at this festival in 2013. Steve Wickham (The Waterboys) provides an original score with a suitably Balkan flavour while the film's visual sweep is assisted by rich archive footage.
Location: Main House Theatre by the Lake Lakeside Keswick Cumbria CA12 5DJ
Speaker: Kirsty Gunn
Information: Tickets £10.00
A Festival of Words and Ideas
Fri 4 - Sun 13 March
Words by the Water aims to deliver a memorable festival; to get people thinking, questioning, talking and laughing; to make sure that visitors have an interesting, challenging and unforgettable time; to bring together those who read books with those who write them. Novelists, poets, biographers, journalists, artists, historians, scientists, politicians, philosophers and many more are brought together to celebrate their love of words and to explore ideas new and old. Browse all events to see the people and topics coming up this year and make sure you're involved in this vibrant and inspiring festival.
Kirsty Gunn, professor of Writing Practice and Study at the Uiversity of Dundee offers a series of beautiful and thought-provoking diary like reflections on her fellow New Zealander, Katherine Mansfield.
Location: The Studio Theatre by the Lake Lakeside Keswick Cumbria CA12 5DJ
Speaker: Joanna Kavenna
Information: Tickets £8.00
Words by the Water in Keswick, Cumbria is the north west of England's premier festival of words and ideas. 4 – 13 March 2016
Joanna Kavenna is one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. Her new philosophical novel is about the strangeness of reality. She discusses the problem of differentiating between reality and unreality in works of fiction and questions the use of terms like realistic and unrealistic and the value-laden ways in ehich they are used.
Location: The Arts Centre Edge Hill University St Helens Road Ormskirk Lancashire L39 4QP
Speaker: Kirsty Gunn
Information: Tickets £4.50
Kirsty Gunn’s most recent short story collection, Infidelities, was the winner of the Edge Hill Prize 2015, and was also shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. With roots in New Zealand and Scotland, Gunn is drawn to themes of memory, place and identity, crossing between fictional territory and the essay form. Her latest publication, My Katherine Mansfield Project, reflects on the meaning of literary influence, and what it means to go back home.