“…says Marshall, who is not Jewish.”

Jewish immigrants to Israel after World War Two singing Hatikvah as their boat pulls in

The Jewish Chronicle – Britain’s leading Jewish newspaper – just interviewed me about Israel’s anthem Hatikvah, the song of hope that built a nation.

You can read the piece here. It’s actually a great read, and we talk about everything from the alcoholic poet behind the song, to how it was sung during the Holocaust; the rapper Tupac to what it says about Israel’s future.

The interview was done to promote a talk of mine at Milim, Leeds’ Jewish literary festival. It went great so if any other Jewish organisation or festival fancies having me along to redo it, get in touch!

Come and hear me talk!

There will be laughter, there will be tears (in a good way), there will be music, and there will be fantastic food and drink! What more could you ask for?

I’m giving my first proper book talk on Tuesday 27 October at the brilliant, atmospheric Wanstead Tap.

It’s just a few minutes walk from either Forest Gate or Wanstead Park stations on London’s overground. For those who don’t know, Forest Gate’s only 11 minutes from Liverpool Street, so, Londoners, you have no excuse for not attending! Here’s a map. Yes, you can even park in the roads nearby.

You can buy advanced tickets for a bargain £5 here.

I saw the fantastic Dr Matthew Green talk there recently about his great new book on the history of London. The audience was packed so come along and make it just as good! The venue’s also hosted the likes of Michael Rosen and other amazing people, so I’m very honoured to do it.

I might ask you to sing. Apologies in advance.

The day afterwards, I’ll be doing a 15-minute turn on Radio 4’s brilliant Four Thought programme talking about nationalism more generally. So if you can’t make the Tap talk, listen out for that!