Orly Castel-Bloom

Since publishing her first collection of short stories in 1987, Orly Castel-Bloom has been a leading voice in Hebrew literature. She has published novels, short story collections and a children’s book. Dolly City (1993) has been included in UNESCO’s Collection of Representative Works, and in 2013, Tablet Magazine listed it as one of the 101 Great Jewish Books in English translation. Orly has received numerous awards, including the Prime Minister’s Prize (1994; 2001; 2011), the French WIZO Prize (2005), the Sapir Prize (2015) and the Rishon LeZion Prize for Creativity in Hebrew Language (2016).





Spotlight on Orly Castel-Bloom

Three time winner of the Prime Minister’s Award and the Sapir Prize, one of Israel’s most celebrated novelists, Orly Castel-Bloom, will be in conversation with Dr Dvir Abramovich about her postmodern masterpieces, including Dolly City, which has been listed in UNESCO’S Collection of Representative Works, and was nominated in 2007 as one of the ten most…

May 4, 2020

Taking Flight

Orly Castel-Bloom (Israel), Andrea Goldsmith and Avi Duckor-Jones (NZ) have all written superb books. Traversing Egypt, Israel, Spain, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, here are exiles of state, of community, of self. But within these tales – some fictional, some true – there also reside forms of flight that are liberating and transformative. Witness flights…

May 4, 2020

How Place Shapes Story

While characters are often seen as the pivotal element in stories, landscape and societal factors provide the layers that help readers find deeper meaning, greater connections, and form those all-important pictures in their mind. Few writers understand this better than Deborah Eisenberg (New York), Orly Castel-Bloom (Tel Aviv), and Tony Birch (Melbourne), and they will…

May 3, 2020

Of Folk and Fairy Tales

Host extraordinaire, Rachael Kohn, will guide us through a dark and wonderful storytelling journey featuring a line-up of internationally acclaimed writers. Orly Castel-Bloom (Israel), Wallace Shawn (US), Jaye Kranz, Avi Duckor-Jones (NZ), Bram Presser, Alex Skovron, Hana Assafiri and Jude Perl respond to the theme ‘Of Folk and Fairy Tales’. They may be subversive, dabble…

May 2, 2020