2nd hand book sale  

Sunday 15 October 16h00 Mediatheque

Lucie Arnoux: Je ne sais quoi

Je ne sais quoi is a comic memoir recounting Lucie's experience of living in London as a young, single woman. An ardent anglophile since a school trip as a teenager, she moved to the UK from Marseille to pursue her dream of working in comics and her enchanting book gives us an outsider's view of London life. 

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 October in the Mairie

Our very popular 2nd-hand book sale will be open all week-end, with a great range of good quality fiction and non-fiction books for sale at extremely reasonable prices.  

Saturday 14 October 14h30 Salle des Fetes

Amanda Craig: The Three Graces 

Amanda Craig's 10th novel is a pacy, contemporary comedy of manners, featuring Marta, Ruth and Diana, three very different expat friends who have retired to Tuscany.  But life is far from quiet and, in the weeks leading up to a grandson's dream wedding, a number of events disrupt the bucolic idyll as the simmering tensions of marital abuse, rural poverty and racial discrimination erupt. 

Saturday 14 October 12h30 Ecole du Bas

Festival opening 
The mayor of Parisot and the co-presidents of Festilitt will officially open this year’s event, followed by a light, al fresco lunch.  If you wish to join us for the meal, we kindly ask for a €5 contribution per person. 

Sunday 15 October 18h00 Parisot church

Choeur et Musiciens du Noble Val 

A concert of choral and instrumental music inspired by literary texts in Parisot church
This concert of secular music inspired by French and English literary texts will be given by the Choeur et Musiciens du Noble Val, and will include firm favourites as well as less well-known pieces which deserve an outing. Works by composers from the 16th to the 21st centuries will include Farmer, Morley, Wilbye, Stanford, Ireland, Finzi, Ravel, Hindemith, Shostakovich and Harris who have set to music, or been inspired by the writings of Shakespeare and many of his anonymous contemporaries, Rainer Maria Rilke, Thomas Hardy, Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, Theophile de Viau, and Jacques Prevert. 

The choristers will be joined by Sally Bradshaw (soprano), Geof Cryer (baritone), James Coles (violin) and David Aspinall (piano).

Entrance to the concert is free with no need to reserve, and there will be a retiring collection to support the costs of the choir.

Festival dinner 

Saturday 14 October 11h00 Salle des Fetes

Moses McKenzie: An Olive Grove in Ends

This year's debut novelist, Moses, won the Soho House Breakthrough Writer of the Year award and was shortlisted for the Writers' Guild Best First Novel Award.  

His novel is the story of Sayon, a young Black man from Bristol who dreams of giving the people he loves a house atop a grand hill, but whose escape from the chaos of his life is threatened by drastic events and torn loyalties. 

Sunday 15 October 14h30 Mediatheque 

Darryl Moore: Gardening in a Changing World 

Award-winning landscape designer Darryl Moore explores how gardens can be better for human beings and for all the other lifeforms that inhabit them. He argues we need to rethink our attitude to plants beyond the aesthetic and to adopt more holistic approaches to how we design, inhabit and enjoy our gardens. Looking at the history of garden design to show how we got to where we are today, he recommends ways of changing to sustainable ecological horticulture.

Back due to popular demand! 

The festival art exhibition, comprising original works of art by French and British authors inspired by the books being presented this year, will be open all over the weekend in the salle des fetes. 

The original pieces are all for sale, as well as reproduction greetings cards.  

Join us on Saturday night for the chance to share a meal with the authors and get to know the people behind the books. 

19h00 Salle des fetes Castanet 

Reservations open now - €30 per head for a 4 course meal, wine and coffee

Email info@festilitt.com to reserve your place now 

Art exhibition 

the Parisot literary festival

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Saturday 14 October 16h00 Salle des Fetes

Sadie Jones: Amy and Lan

The 6th novel by the Costa-winning author of The Outcast, is narrated by Amy and Lan, seven year old friends whose families have moved from London to a Herefordshire farm in search of the rural dream.  Whilst the children relish their newfound freedom, the financial pressure of self-sufficiency, combined with a strong dose of sexual tension, make communal living less than idyllic for the grown ups. 


13, 14 & 15 October 2023

English language programme