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Join 5x15 & WritersMosaic, a division of the Royal Literary Fund, for an evening of storytelling about heritage, identity and Jewish multiculturalism.

Will Self

Will Self is the author of many novels and books of nonfiction, including How the Dead Live, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year; The Butt, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction; and Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His latest work is Why Read: Selected Writings 2001-2021.

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt is a podcaster and journalist from Birmingham. She is a political correspondent and has appeared on shows like Politics Live and Good Morning Britain, as well as providing political insight for many outlets, including BBC Radio, LBC, Sky News, The Guardian, Independent, Metro, and Huffington Post. Nadine travelled to Israel to make the documentary Black, Jewish And Proud for BBC World Service radio where she spoke to members of the Ethiopian Jewish community - the largest Black Jewish community in the world. She is a former president of the Cambridge University Student Union’s Black and Minority Ethnic Campaign.

Simon Liebesny

Simon Liebesny is a freelance editor and publishing consultant. From shortly after September 11th until shortly before Covid-19, he was first mate at Pluto Press, radical publisher of authors including bell hooks, Augusto Boal, Sheila Rowbotham and Ariel Dorfman. In a previous incarnation he was an organiser, trustee and all round wrangler for International Jazz Day, in spite of having absolutely no musical talent whatsoever. He is working on amplifying the WritersMosaic guest edition on Jewish Multiculturalism into a larger project, including panel events, author interviews and further contributions from international authors and artistic creators.

Keith Kahn-Harris

Dr Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer, based in London. He is a senior lecturer at Leo Baeck College and a Fellow of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research. He has a broad range of interests, including particular expertise in researching metal music scenes and the UK Jewish community. The author or co-author of eight books, editor of several collections and many articles and reviews, his career bridges academia and multiple other worlds. His most recent books are The Babel Message: A Love Letter to Language (Icon) and What Does A Jew Look Like? (in collaboration with Rob Stothard).

Shelley Silas

Shelley Silas writes for theatre, radio and television. Shelley’s stage plays include Eating Ice Cream on Gaza Beach (NYT/Soho Theatre), Falling (The Bush), Calcutta Kosher (Southwark Playhouse, Theatre Royal Stratford East), Mercy Fine (Clean Break). Plays for Radio Four include United Kingdoms, The Trial of the Well of Loneliness, Dead Weight and Dead Cert (in Val McDermid’s comedy crime DEAD series), I am Emma Humphreys (winner 2010 Clarion Award), The Sound of Silence and Comfort Girl. Adaptations for radio include Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s novel Heat and Dust and Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet (with John Harvey). She compiled, edited and contributed to the anthology, Twelve Days (Virago). Her VR short The Turning Forest, directed by Oscar Raby, was selected for international film festivals, including London, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto & Tribeca, as well as for Raindance, Pi Centre Montreal, Edinburgh Digital Film Festival, and I Love Transmedia Festival, Paris. Wired.com named it among its favourite pieces at Tribeca and it won the 2016 TVB Europe Award for Best Achievement in Sound (beating the Proms among others). Shelley has worked as development producer for Brazen Productions on “Ewan,” a TV series, based on The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes: The Transgender Trial that Threatened to Upend the British Establishment. Current work includes a new play for Rifco Theatre.