Parisot may be small but a lot goes on. Here is advance warning of our first Literary Festival, which we are holding over the weekend of 11th-13th October this year. The line-up of authors features both French and British writers, all of whom have some connection with southwest France.
The programme includes readings, talks and workshops for both adults and children, a cookery demonstration and a meet-the-authors dinner at a local restaurant on the Saturday (20€ for three courses, including wine and coffee).
We are also mounting an exhibition of ‘Le Livre de Poche’ (a well-known paperback imprint, a bit like Penguin), since this year marks their 60th anniversary. Local people have scoured their bookshelves to donate their Livres de Poche – I found a surprising number of them on our shelves alone. Each volume is numbered and we are trying to get as many individual titles as possible.
The French authors include Daniel Crozes, novelist and journalist who lives in Aveyron and has written many novels set in the region and Colette Berthès, who has also written novels and non-fiction works on the region. We also have storytellers, illustrators, cartoon book writers and lecturers.
The British line-up includes (in order of appearance):
Maree Giles, an award-winning author, journalist, Royal Literary Fund Fellow and creative writing tutor, who moved to the region in 2013. She will discuss her poignant debut novel Invisible Thread, which drew on her own experiences in a juvenile detention centre in Australia in the 1970s.
Amanda Hodgkinson, who lives in the Gers. She will talk about her acclaimed debut novel 22 Britannia Road, set in the aftermath of World War II.
Martin Walker, a British author, historian and prize-winning journalist whose Bruno, Chief of Police detective series is set in Périgord. Martin will talk about why France is such a fertile hunting ground for authors.
Anne Dyson, founder of the Greedy Goose cookery school and author of the Greedy Goose Cookbook, will give a demonstration of her mouth-watering recipes for amuse-bouches.
Fellow WordPress blogger, Victoria Corby, who has lived near Bordeaux for 20 years. She is a Times bestselling author of three mainstream novels: Something Stupid, The Seven Week Itch and Up to No Good. Victoria knows about the challenges of getting established as a professional writer and will share her insights on gaining confidence and finding one’s voice as a writer.
All the events are free, except for the dinner, for which reservation is essential.
Here’s the link to the final version of the programme. Please note it contains an error on page 3: Martin Walker’s session is from 17h00 to 19h00, not from 15h00 to 17h00.
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