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THE CULTURAL FOUNDATION AND LITERATURE

In conjunction with our Cultural Foundation, the Alliance Francaise de Sydney regularly organises book launches and book signings with both French and local talent. These include working with writers and publishers in supporting the release of fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels linked to France and/or French culture and history.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS

In 2019, we welcomed a rich and eclectic year in our offering of literary events.

Fiction-enthusiasts were treated to the launch of author Kate Forsyth’s latest novel The Blue Rose, an evocative tale of endurance, love and triumph, set during the turbulent times of revolutionary France the secrecy of Imperial China. Author Tessa Lunney also delivered an absorbing talk following the release of her spy thriller April in Paris, 1921, which saw her discuss her literary inspirations and extensive research.

In addition, we hosted numerous events relating to shared Franco-Australian history. This included an event with award-winning journalist Terry Smyth, as he discussed the unexpected affinity that Joséphine (Empress of France) shared with Australia in his novel Joséphine’s Ark.


In addition, French author Laurent-Frédéric Bollée delivered a fascinating presentation on his critically acclaimed graphic novels Terra Australis and Terra Doloris, inspired by the modern founding of Australia. Notably, author Robert Macklin was welcomed for his release of Castaway, based on the astonishing and little-known story of Narciss Pelletier, a French cabin boy abandoned on the Far North Queensland cost and saved by the local Uutaaingu people, with whom he lived for almost two decades.

For the French-natives and Francophones, they were treated to a talk about the legendary and pioneering French writer Georges Perec. This was presented by Christelle Reggiani (professor at the University of Sorbonne in Paris), who discussed how Perec developed literary constraints which become a principle of his writing, shaped by his own personal experiences of WWII.

We also welcomed a New Caledonia cultural space to its Media Centre, which involved an Inauguration event attended by the Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, Yves Lafoy. Guests were invited to discover the hundreds of works from famous New Caledonian authors such as Déd Gorodé, Léopold Hancipan and Paul Wamo.

2020 Literature Events

  • LA RENTRÉE LITTÉRAIRE
    Available on an ongoing basis
    Online videos
    Available on an ongoing basis
    Online videos
    Tune in every Thursday as we upload a video to celebrate la rentrée littéraire featuring author Laure Gouriage.
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  • DISCOVER LIRE EN LIGNE
    Available on an ongoing basis
    Online Event
    Available on an ongoing basis
    Online Event
    Enjoy an selection of classic and contemporary books on this website! Lire en ligne also gives you the amazing opportunity to publish your own work for free, as the website aims to encourage the creativity and talent of new authors.
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  • A HISTORY OF COFFEE
    Fri, Oct 30
    Zoom conference
    Oct 30, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:05 PM
    Zoom conference
    In this day and age, it's difficult to imagine the ritual of breakfast without a cup of coffee. But how much do you actually know about the history behind this customary beverage? Tune in to this fascinating Zoom lecture with historian Darren Smith, who will discuss the rise in popularity of coffee.
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  • ASK THE AUTHORS
    Thu, Apr 09
    Online event
    Apr 09, 2020, 12:00 PM
    Online event
    Ask famous French authors your burning questions, including Grégoire Delacourt, Katherine Pancol, Gilles Legardinier, Marc Levy and Michel Bussi.
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