Five Leaves Bookshop
Insiders/Outsiders is a year long project exploring the impact of German Jewish refugees on art and culture in Britain. Five Leaves’ previous contributions to this festival have been about art. In this talk, Jenny Swann, a local poet and publisher, starts from the home and family history – her late father being Walter Elkan, an economist who specialised in the developing economies of Africa who arrived here in 1938.
Jenny will explore what it meant to be a German Jewish refugee in Britain, trying to make your way in another language, cut off from your homeland, part of a community of exiles who were encouraged never to speak German in public, worried about those who were left behind…
This talk will include illustrations of archive material of the period, personal and public.
Free, tea and sachertorte (Austrian/German cake often served in bookshops and cafes, and popular with exiles!) provided.
Booking essential via firstname.lastname@example.org as our capacity at this event will be lower than normal.