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.
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
- DISCOVER LIRE EN LIGNEAvailable on an ongoing basisOnline Event
- A HISTORY OF COFFEEFri, Oct 30Zoom conferenceOct 30, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:05 PMZoom conferenceIn 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.