How tolerant are the various Jewish communities when faced with stories and articles that question or provide external insights into their ways of life? What have been the experiences of novelists who have provided narratives that question accepted norms, or of journalists whose articles have caused controversy and dissent?

Bram Presser (moderator), Lisa Emanuel, Ashley Golderg, Julie Szego

This event is proudly supported by:

    • Doris and Michael Pryles


Bram Presser

Bram Presser spent a decade schlepping around the world, screaming into a rubber chicken with the Jewish punk band, Yidcore, before turning to writing. His debut book, The Book of Dirt, a novel about love, family secrets and Jewish myths, won the 2018 Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction at the National Jewish Book Awards (USA),…

Lisa Emanuel

Born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand, Lisa Emanuel studied law and political science in Wellington, Jerusalem and Sydney. She has worked as a political staffer and a judge’s associate and in human rights law and marketing and communications. She now works as a competition lawyer and is writing her second novel. She lives in…

Ashley Goldberg

Ashley Goldberg is an Australian writer based in Melbourne. His fiction has appeared in Meanjin, New Australian Fiction 2021, Chiron Review and Award-Winning Australian Writing (AWAW) among other publications. His work has been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize. He holds an MA in Creative Writing…

Julie Szego

Julie Szego is a freelance writer and weekly columnist for The Age. She has taught journalism and creative non-fiction at RMIT, Monash and Melbourne universities. Her book, The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama, was shortlisted for the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards for 2015.