Category Archives: Poetry

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Death Montage“Judt, James and Didion are shot through with the element that defines great art: they speak truths that the rest of us recognise but are unable to articulate.”

Mick Heaney, son of Seamus, writes about writing about dying.  Referencing many favourites.

In his book Without Feathers Woody Allen has a line that has become one of his most famous quips: “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Like all the best humour, the joke is accompanied by a sense of recognition.

It is almost an article of faith for people to say that, far from fearing death, they are reconciled to it. But Allen’s joke hits on an uncomfortable truth. Read more… 


The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary British-Jewish Culture

The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary British-Jewish Culture.


Note from David Paul’s Blog About Bernard Kops

thisroominsunlightcoverThese impressive reviews of This Room in the Sunlight: Collected Poems are  a reflection of the love and affection for Bernard Kops and reveal the high esteem in which he is held.  But will it be enough to convince the book trade and draw in readers? I’d be interested in some feedback.

“I know of few writer-prophets as undeservedly unhonoured in their country as the extraordinarily prolific playwright, novelist, autobiographer, poet and teacher Bernard Kops…Read more


A Day of Jewish Poetry and Poets Sunday, March 1, 2015


A Day of Jewish Poetry and Jewish Poets

Sunday 1 March 2015
The Liberal Jewish Synagogue
10:30am – 5:15pm

Contact name/email:Sue Bolsom –

The LJS Year of Poetry – 2015 Inaugural Event
Sunday 1st March 2015

Shirat Ha-am (Song of the People): 
A Day of Jewish Poetry and Jewish Poets

Click HERE for more information 

Programme for the Day
10:30am – Welcome with tea and coffee 11am Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet  – Why Biblical  Poetry  is Different
12 noon – Readings by Poets
1:00 pm – Buffet lunch
2:00pm – Is there a British Jewish Identity in Poetry? Peter Lawson and Anthony Rudolf in discussion, chair Richard Berengarten
3:00pm – Readings by Poets
4:15 to 5:15pm – Tea, signings and bookshop children’s programme

#Admission £12, family £30, includes lunch and tea
Volunteers required:
If you would like to assist with catering, tickets, publicity, stewarding, the bookshop and more we can make this day more successful and fun. This event is for LJS members and for many others who we hope will be attracted to the LJS for the first time.