SCoJeC was delighted to join together with the Scottish Book Trust to bring prize-winning author Tracey S Rosenberg to the Aberdeen Jewish community centre as part of the as part of the Live Literature project and European Days of Jewish Culture.
As part of the programme to mark the centenary of Muriel Spark's birth, Tracey was recently awarded a grant to write a fictional response to Muriel Spark's celebrated novella The Mandelbaum Gate. At the event in Aberdeen, Tracey read her new short story 'The Western Wall', which examines some of the contradictions inherent in modern Jewish identity through the stories of three modern young women with a range of political and religious outlooks, who are wrestling with their own personal identities and narratives.
Following Tracey's captivating reading, SCoJeC's delicious kosher buffet gave everyone time to relax and chat about more general themes around writing and Jewish identity. This was followed by a guided writing workshop that enabled participants to explore their own questions of identity by engaging in some creative writing of their own. Despite the limited time and the difficulty of writing under pressure, Tracey encouraged everyone to consider the detail in every situation, and the afternoon ended with the then sharing the 'flash fiction' that they produced.
We are grateful to Creative Scotland's Live Literature programme, Jewish Renaissance, and the Netherlee and Clarkston Charitable Trust for supporting this event.