Clive Ponting was, until retirement, Reader in Politics and International Relations at the University of Wales. He has written 14 books on modern and world history and his Green History of the World has been translated into fifteen languages. His Thirteen Days: Diplomacy and Disaster: The Countdown to the Great War was published in 2002 and was an examination of how and why Europe went to war in 1914. It was recently used as the basis for the BBC TV mini-series 37 Days.
Before taking up an academic career he was a senior civil servant and was awarded an OBE in 1980. He was charged under the Official Secrets Act for sending information about the sinkingof the Belgrano to an MP and a House of Commons select committee. He was found not guilty after his trial at the Old Bailey in 1985. On taking early retirement he lived on a small Greek island for seven years and now lives in the Aveyron.
Maree Giles, an award winning author, journalist, Royal Literary Fund Fellow and creative writing tutor, moved to South West France in 2013. Author of the highly successful, poignant and powerful debut novel Invisible Thread which drew on her own astonishing story, she will be tutoring the ‘Life Writing’ Masterclass.
In 1970, Australia the State considered 14-year-old Ellen Russell to be uncontrollable. By living with her boyfriend Robbie they deemed her to be in ‘moral danger’. Arrested and sentenced to 9 months at the Gunyah Training School for Girls, Ellen was terrified. For in the holding room at the court, the graffiti said it all: Gunyah is hell on earth. Keep quiet. Don’t talk out of turn. Work hard. Even though Ellen discovers she is pregnant, there is no respite from the staff. They tell her she’s not capable of bringing up her child, twisting the truth to get her cooperation. But however hard they try, they can’t destroy the life-force between mother and child … Due to the importance of this story in Australia history and to recent renewed public interest Invisible Thread is being republished this year.
Vanessa Couchman is a British author, journalist and freelance writer who has lived in South West France since 1997. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online magazines and placed in creative writing competitions. She will present her debut novel The House at Zaronza. Set in early 20th-century Corsica and at the Western Front in World War I, it is loosely inspired by a true story. Maria Orsini, the daughter of a bourgeois family in a Corsican village, and the local schoolmaster carry on a secret romance. Maria’s parents have other plans for her future and she sees her dreams crumble. Her life is played out against the backdrop of Corsica, the ‘island of beauty’, and the turmoil of World War I. This is a story about love, betrayal, loss and reconciliation in a strict patriarchal society, whose values are challenged as the world changes.
et a publié plusieurs ouvrages dont : "Les mystères de Haute-Garonne", "Les mystères du Tarn-et-Garonne" et "Les mystères du Gers". C'est toujours avec humour et dans un style souple et entraînant que Patrick Caujolle signe ses nouveaux livres : "La France polissonne", "Les ennemis publics n°1" ou encore "Les casses du siècle". Il réalise là un travail aux frontières du journalisme histoires de célèbres voyous et transporter le lecteur à travers une fresque originale et pleine de surprises. Il va également publier un roman policier "Beau temps pour les couleuvres" le 12/09/2014 aux éditions du Caïman.
D'origine ariégeoise, Patrick Caujolle a passé 13 ans à la Crim' du SRPJ de Toulouse. Il obtient plusieurs prix littéraires pour ses recueils de poésie : "Sur les traces du vent", "Racines" et "Lignes d'horizons".Depuis 2008, il lie la musique de la poésie à la prose
Saïd Benjelloun, né en 1948 au Maroc, enseignant à l'université Toulouse Jean Jaurès (Mirail), est calligraphe et poète. Deux recueils de poésie bilingue (arabe et français) :
Double voix (en 2006) et Là-bas (en 2009) ont été publiés chez Réciproques à Montauban.
Pour ses ateliers de calligraphie, Saïd Benjelloun propose une sensibilisation à la calligraphie arabe en découvrant une autre écriture, une autre culture et d’autres instruments.
Région Midi Pyrénées
Communauté de Communes du Quercy Rouergue et Gorges de l’Aveyron
Mairie de Parisot
L’Association des Parents d’Elèves de Parisot
L’Association Choeur de Parisot
L’Association Rencontre et Partage
Nous remercions chaleureusement toutes les personnes qui nous soutiennent et en premier lieu, les Amis du Festival, ainsi que...
Tracey Warr is both a writer and a creative writing teacher who divides her time between Pembrokeshire in Wales and Laguepie in the Tarn et Garonne. She began writing fiction whilst living through a frigid winter in the Tarn Valley and visiting nearby medieval castles and villages. Her writing has been inspired by the landscapes, history and people of southern France.
Her first novel, Almodis: The Peaceweaver, published in September 2011, was shortlisted for the Impress Prize for New Fiction and the Rome Film Festival Book Initiative and received a Santander Research Award. It is a story of love, adventure and scandal based on the real life of the 11th- century Countess Almodis de la Marche and is set in this region. Her second novel, Viking Hostage, set in 10th-century France and Wales, is due to be published in September 2014. It tells the intertwining stories of three women living through turbulent times of Viking raids, Christian conversions and struggles for power across Europe at the turn of the millennium.
She also writes non-fiction, for which she has been widely published, as well as having held teaching posts in the UK and abroad, including at Oxford Brookes University and Dartington College of Arts.
Robin Ellis is probably best known for playing the leading role in the BBC series, Poldark, based on the novels of Winston Graham. He appeared in many other classic TV series and had a long career in British theatre, including a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
A move to the Tarn 15 years ago allowed him to pursue his life-long passion for cooking. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1999, he published his first cookery book, Delicious Dishes for Diabetics: A Mediterranean Way of Eating in 2011. This was followed by Healthy Eating for Life, in January 2014. He has also published a memoir, Making Poldark, which was reissued in 2012 in a greatly expanded form with new photographs from Winston Graham’s private album.
Robin also writes an extremely popular blog and runs cookery workshops in the Tarn which focus on healthy, simple but delicious recipes using local, seasonal produce.
Piu Marie Eatwell’s first non-fiction book, They eat horses, don’t they? The truth about the French, was published in August 2013 by UK publishing house Head of Zeus. In this book, she explores the background to, and the contemporary evidence for, 45 myths and misconceptions about the French. She finds that many of them are simply false, and that even those that are broadly true are rather more complicated than at first sight. In the course of these thorough – and thoroughly entertaining – investigations, we discover that the reality of modern French life is very different from the myths that we create about it. They eat horses, don’t they? was awarded the 2014 Next Generation Indie
After her extremely popular talk last year, we are thrilled to welcome back Amanda Hodgkinson to this year’s festival. She will be talking about, and reading from her new novel, Spilt Milk, published in February of this year. A deeply moving story of sisterhood, motherhood and secrets, the book has received extremely positive reviews which praise both Amanda’s story telling and her lyrical, elegant writing. Having studied for an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Amanda and her husband moved to the Gers with their two young daughters, twelve years ago. After renovating their house and building a family life here, Amanda was able to dedicate herself to writing.Her first novel, 22 Britannia Roadwas published to critical acclaim in 2011 and became an award winning, international bestseller. In July 2014, Amanda had a novella Tin Town, included in Grand Central, a collection of stories set on the same day after the end of World War Two, by ten of the finest voices in women’s fiction today.
Né à La Rochelle en 1979, Thomas Duranteau vit aujourd’hui à Aixe-sur-Vienne, près de Limoges, où il se consacre à son métier de professeur d’histoire et de géographie, à l’écriture, à la bande dessinée et à la peinture. Sa rencontre avec le poète rochelais Serge Wellens a été décisive dans sa découverte de l’écriture. La poésie est au centre de la plupart de ses six livres publiés et il participe régulièrement à diverses revues de poésie. Ses peintures, dessins et gravures sont exposés en permanence à la galerie Artevistas (à Barcelone en Espagne) et régulièrement entre autres à Limoges, La Rochelle, St-Martin-de-Ré, Millau, Poitiers, St-Auvent, Melle et Clermont-Ferrand. Le croisement entre les différentes formes d’art l’intéresse particulièrement. Il est également à l’origine d’événements mettant en lien musique, poésie et peinture. Son dernier ouvrage Des miettes et des étoiles (Elytis, 2012) est un carnet de voyage dans les camps d’extermination nazis, qui mêle une approche graphique, poétique et historique de la Shoah. Cet ouvrage a reçu le Prix du Club de la Presse 2012 et est à l’origine d’une grande exposition des originaux au Musée de la Résistance de Limoges (du 16 mars au 15 septembre 2013).
Enfant de Verfeil-sur-Seye, Thierry Colombié est docteur es sciences économiques à l'EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris). Il est l’un des rares spécialistes de la délinquance économique et financière et du Milieu (grand banditisme) en France. Il vient de publier "La French Connection", "Stars et truands" et "Les Héritiers du Milieu". Des milliards d'euros évaporés, des meurtres et du blanchiment en série, des policiers démunis et des "condés ripoux", une justice bafouée et ridiculisée, la "main invisible" des services secrets... Les héritiers du Milieu ont-ils encore de beaux jours devant eux ? Qui sont-ils vraiment ? 4 chapitres, 4 récits écrits d'une plume alerte, 4 histoires qui s'entrecroisent et révèlent enfin le vrai visage du crime organisé français.