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2017 events and talks

2017 is shaping up to be a busy year in my local area, with a series of events and book talks planned at local venues (and Israel!). Hope you can join me.  24th Jan at 6.30pm at the Swiss Cottage... Continue Reading →

Interview with Ham and High January 2017

This interview covered my current book Blue Skies Over Berlin and touched on my new project.  

New book – Blue Skies over Berlin

My new novel went on sale last week, really interested to hear what you think. Overview A young German woman moves to London from war-ravaged Berlin in 1956 to start a new life. She takes a new name – Charlotte... Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: Book Review: “Shimon”, the Story of a Talmudic Giant

Written by: Rochel Sylvetsky A book about a gladiator turned Talmudic Sage, which inadvertently shows the greatness of the Torah's attitude to human failings. "Shimon" is the story of the life of third century Talmudic scholar Resh Lakish, whose real... Continue Reading →

A gladiator in the study hall

Written by: Miriam Kates Lock A fictional account of how Shimon ben Lakish, better known as Resh Lakish, transitioned from the arena to the yeshiva Shimon was born into a life of dire poverty. His family had been forced to flee... Continue Reading →

Shimon My First Novel

The first thing I had to do was to write a synopsis of the story.  This started with a simple idea. In my a case, a man’s journey from a gladiator to a life of spiritual meaning. Since my character... Continue Reading →

John Steinberg’s Interview with Ham & High

Ham & High, Thursday 14th August 2014. "Gladiator who became a sage inspired writer" A first-time author tells Harry Kemble how a chance meeting helped spark his novel. It is not hard to see the reasons why first-time author John... Continue Reading →

Developing As a Writer

Apart from our monitor breaking down on the opening night and a few wonky props that had a habit of falling to pieces during the performances, the six-week run went off relatively smoothly. We played to several full houses and... Continue Reading →

Ray thought it would be a good idea to film an amusing scene when Larry, our leading man, is seen leaving his house on his way to a gig and is struck down by an attack of asthma. The plan... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Reality!

Six weeks to go and we still had no idea who was going to be playing the role of our leading man, let alone the five other members of the cast and a stage manager to look after the show.... Continue Reading →

The Makings Of A Playwright

So, we were going to turn my story about the former clothing manufacturer with a song up his sleeve into a play. Good I thought! I had eventually found a home for all those one-liners.  Wrong again! Ray, who had far... Continue Reading →

Just a minor setback…

Now I had developed those lines into a range of greetings cards, would anyone share my unusual brand of humour? I wondered. The answer after presenting my wares to all and sundry was an emphatic ‘NO!’. They were either too caustic... Continue Reading →

A line for everyday

For me the desire to start writing was more a quest to see my own thoughts in print rather than any hope of making an impression on the literary world. I had always been interested in comedy and I wanted... Continue Reading →

Launching Shimon the book 31st March 2014

My novel, Shimon is published on the 31st March 2014 and advance copies can be placed on Amazon  by adding to your wish list - click here to pre-order. Set in the bustling streets, glorious palaces and fearsome gladiatorial arenas... Continue Reading →

From businessman to writer

What happens to a fifty-something man going through a mid life crisis? I’ve not done much research on the subject but I would guess if he has the means he buys a flashy sports car or if he has a... Continue Reading →

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