Who Am I? Jewish Identity and the Faces of Tracey S. Rosenberg

Reading  January 29 7:30 pm Edinbane Hall  Workshop  January 30  7:30-9 pm  Portree

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She’s a funny lady, a self-pronounced loud poet whose cat vociferously agrees with her. When she’s not making people laugh, they might be weeping over the eloquent poems of her second chapbook, “The Naming of Cancer” (Neon, 2014), which enfolds the reader as witness to the agony and courage of patients, family and health carers. Her first novel, “The Girl in the Bunker” (Cargo Publishing, 2011), elicits a groaning sense that children, somewhere, are even today being forced to decipher truths about racism and self-identification.

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Tracey S. Rosenberg describes herself as an American who came to Scotland and never left. We will detect if she has become a wee bit Scottish, when she joins us to read her story “The Western Wall”, a fictional response to Muriel Spark’s award-winning novel, “The Mandelbaum Gate”.  As part of the celebrations of Spark’s centenary, Tracey was awarded an Endless Different Ways grant from Creative Scotland, and she travelled to Jerusalem to write the story, which depicts three modern young women whose personal identities conflict with their shared religious history.

“The Mandelbaum Gate” provides the author  prepositional angles in theology, adventure, humour, romance and mad philosophy to shimmy up, hang from and slide down, so we can look forward to her creative gymnastics inspired by the novel that Spark wrote after witnessing a few days of the Adolf Eichmann trial in 1961. The novel addresses, among other issues, complex interpretations of Jewish identity.

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The surgeon’s finger stands in for the blade: /
it will remove her, just here.       “Touch”

The poems of Tracey S. Rosenberg have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies, including The Istanbul Review, Gutter, New Writing Scotland and The Journal of the American Association. Her short story “May the Bell be Rung for Harriet!” won the Brontë Society Creative Competition, with the shortlist judged by Dame Margaret Drabble, and was selected for Best British Short Stories 2015. She can be seen performing and volunteering at multiple literary festivals around Scotland, and among the intriguing vimeos in which you can view her, my favorite for sheer, exuberant delight is the “Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremonies”.

Our Tuesday evening reading at Edinbane Hall, January 29, begins at 7:30 p.m. £5 at the door; members are free. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments are served after Tracey’s reading and there will be plenty of time for Q & A, browsing our Good Reads section and general chatting. Be sure to ask about our reasonable memberships and feel free to give input on what you would like to see happen with the Reading Room in the future.

Tracey’s workshop on “Portraying Character” will be held at St. Columba’s Church, downtown Portree, in the Parish Rooms, on Wednesday, January 30th, 7:30-9:00 p.m.  No preparation is needed and participants need only bring paper and pen and £5 fee. Refreshments will be served.

Be sure to catch Tracey on Simon Clayton’s “Ever Changing Moods” program, Cuillin FM, Wednesday, January 30, 10:30 a.m.

If you need info on this event or the Reading Room, please contact us at skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk or on Facebook: Reading Room – Skye.

 

 

 

 

Classical Celebration for the Holidays

Submitted by Angus Ross, Skye Chamber Music
 
SCM XMASSkye Chamber Music is producing the 3rd Classical Celebration, with the Island Chorus, Reading Room and Skye and Lochalsh Orchestra. It will be held at the Fingal Centre at the High School in Portree, on Monday 10th December, starting at 6:40 p.m. The programme is below, and it follows the huge success of the last two years.  Why not bring a party, your own wine (or preferred tipple), glasses (from which to drink) and a table decoration – for which there will be a prize for the best.  Let’s try and beat the 150 or so audience of the last two years!
 
In a change this year, we will be providing a hot buffet for everybody – so just come with yourselves, friends, and booze (including coffee and tea if you are so inclined)!  As with the previous two celebrations, there will be no charge to enter (or enjoy the food) but there will be an opportunity to take part in a prize draw and donate towards the cost of the event.  
 
Each of the supporting groups will have a stall in the foyer and representatives will be happy to talk with you, should you need more information about what we all do. The plan is to have books and CDs also for sale at very reasonable prices.
 
THE PROGRAMME:  
 
6.40 – Live music starts with Kevin and Chris Watkiss playing a Two piano Duet, by Brahms. Variations on a Theme by Haydn (those of you there last year might remember their phenomenal finale – and won’t want to be late and miss this!)
 
7 p.m.  Main concert starts
 
Beethoven Piano Trio Opus 1 no. 1. 1st and 4th movements. Alan Donald, violin. Bar Purser, Cello. Chris Watkiss, piano.
 
Island Chorus sing a medley from Phantom of the Opera.
 
Morag Henriksen, Stephen Plant and Helen Danter will represent The Reading Room, with a selection of WW1 songs and poems from Far, Far from Ypres.
 
John Purser, Circus Suite, piano duet: Pianists Chris and Elaine. 
Sammartini recorder concerto: Soloist Judith Bullivant accompanied by Peter MacLaren and members of the Skye and Lochalsh Orchestra.
 
Food will then be served during which the live music continues with… 
 
Alan Donald, viola. Meg Rosher, Flute.
The Broadford Trio: Peter MacLaren, Judith Bullivant and Lynne Armistace-Brown.
 
The Reading Room committee wants to thank everyone who has supported our Skye group, and we wish all of you Happy Holidays. 
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We look forward to seeing you at the Classical Celebration. For information regarding this event or the Reading Room, we can be contacted at skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk or on Facebook: Reading Room – Skye.