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Feeling better about yourself

Feelings of low self-esteem are not at all surprising in today’s society, where comparative success appears all-important. In my case, my feelings of inadequacy certainly derived from school years, which were  devoid of any achievement to write home about. Fortunately, education has moved... Continue Reading →

Different Times, Same Struggle

Researching the earliest forms of writing for a new project, it was comforting to discover that the earliest wordsmith was also up against it, trying to get his point across. In his case, most of his formative years were spent... Continue Reading →

A discussion on Writing Your Way Out Of A Crisis – on 17th February 2021

John joined the CHABAD Research Unit discussion panel to explore the role of creativity in mental wellbeing, and his own journey as an author. This series of encounters on the theme of Creativity, Spirituality & Wellbeing is in memory of... Continue Reading →

A Silver Lining

As 2020 drew to a close, quite understandably most of us were looking forward to a New Year free from the extraordinary challenges of the previous twelve months. However, the surreal conditions that accompanied the pandemic brought something more profound... Continue Reading →

Writing about your thoughts

When I first turned my hand to writing, it was without any conscious need to come to terms with a couple of traumatic experiences that I subsequently learned had remained submerged for far too long! Rather than seeking counselling for the bereavement... Continue Reading →

Another Lockdown….

And there was I thinking there was light at the end of the tunnel! The projects that had just recently immerged from enforced hibernation were about to be mothballed yet again! The question of how to respond to this latest... Continue Reading →

Temple of Fortune Genre Challenge

Writing a novel is hard and some may even say a foolish pursuit. After all, with the tens of thousand of new titles published each year, what are the odds that yours is going to make an impact on the literary world?... Continue Reading →

Back Down to Earth

The sense of expectation that accompanies a new book is understandably high. After all, it took me couple of years and several rewrites before my latest novel saw the light of day. So, when the first copy of The Temple of... Continue Reading →

The Temple of Fortune launch 10th September 2020

The prospect of a virtual book launch didn’t exactly set the adrenalin pumping! With the surreal conditions, we’ve all found ourselves in this year, it was that or nothing for my latest novel, The Temple of Fortune, to see the light of... Continue Reading →

Adding to the Pesach Experience

Another Pesach has come and gone but why, I wondered, did this one seem different from all other ones? Perhaps in the current lockdown, there’s been more time to reflect on this and other questions that I’d previously taken for... Continue Reading →

Writing in Times of Crisis

So, now for 2020... Starting 2020 with two projects programmed for the year, the prospects for 2020 were looking good - that is, until the pandemic hit. The question of how to respond to a crisis this time didn’t just... Continue Reading →

A writer emerges, a personal journey

What do you do when adversity strikes unexpectedly and the comfortable life you have taken for granted is suddenly in turmoil? Thirty years ago, I was dealt a double blow when my then wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and... Continue Reading →

Interview with Jewish Views Radio in June 2019

In June 2019 John was interviewed by the team at Jewish Views Radio about his life, career and his new book 'Nadine' published in May. Jewish Views "This month Jon, Kate, Tony & Clive speak to award winning author, Howard Jacobson... Continue Reading →

Nadine book launch 22nd May 2019

John Steinberg launched his new title 'Nadine' at the Hampstead School of Art on Wednesday 22nd May 2019. Nadine John’s latest creation and third novel is Nadine, the story of a stunning and mysterious French dancer set in London, Paris and... Continue Reading →

Interview and video from my talk during Jewish Book Week

My talk at Jewish Book Week in March, with Richard Aronowitz and Jenni Frazer in March was filmed. Seemed to go down rather well. Click into this post to watch the video 

Blue Skies for TV?

The Story I've been working on the possible adaptation of Blue Skies over Berlin for a dramatic TV production. Introducing Eva Schlessinger Teenager daughter of a rich Aryan family in Berlin during the war, Eva insulates herself from the atrocities... Continue Reading →

Barnet Times reviews Blue Skies

Businessman turned author John Steinberg from Hampstead publishes second novel Blues Skies Over Berlin ahead of Jewish Book Week Mattie Lacey-Davidson the Times' Features Editor interviewed John in February 2017. John told Mattie “The main thread throughout the book is art,... Continue Reading →

A radio interview with The Jewish Views 9th Feb 2017

Yesterday I did a radio interview for the Jewish Views, I covered a synopsis of my book and a little on my own journey as an author. Click below to access the podcast and drag the cursor to start at... Continue Reading →

Spiro Ark is hosting a talk inspired by Blue Skies Over Berlin 12.2.17

I'll be discussing my book with Dr Tali Lowenthal and Eduardo Pitchon When: 12/02/2017 Where: Shtiebel, 10a Canfield Gardens, London NW6 Time: 19.30PM Contact: 0207 794 4655 Price: £10 over the telephone Dr Lowenthal is is the Director of the Chabad Research Unit and an author.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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