Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Book Launch. Dominique Le Meur was born in Auxerre (France) and currently lectures in French in Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick. His first two novels were set against the background of Northern Ireland's troubled history: Où vas-tu l'Irlande ? (1998, Prix des Ecrivains Bretons) et Baine (2001). In 2005, he published L'Eire des Amants, set in Limerick and dealing with the theme of the unsaid through a devastating and passionate love story. His new novel is entitled: Retour vers l'ailleurs. Also set in Limerick, it looks at the deep changes that have taken place in Irish society over the past few years through a gallery of various characters, Irish and foreign...

Thursday 29 October at 6.30pm



Concert. Babylon Circus released their latest album Belle étoile earlier this year. They sing in both French and English and fuse a mixture of punk, reggae, rock, swing and jazz into their sound.
Tickets are on sale now at the Médiathèque: €10.00 for AF Members.

Thursday 29th October - 8.30pm
The Academy 2, 57 Middle Abbey Street,Dublin 1



Our new holiday camp is called: L’île fantastique (The Fantastic Island)
What if… I ended up on a desert island like Robinson Crusoe...?Children need their imagination to invent a life for our lost character. Let’s discover the island - in French. A way to learn French, experience arts and discover francophone culture in a very play-oriented manner. Arts and crafts, songs, games and visit to museums will be included in the numerous activities offered. The classes will be lead by our qualified teachers, who have considerable experience with children.

Tuesday 27th-Friday 30th October 10.00am to 15.00pm
€200 including lunch à la française!

Contact primary@alliance-francaise.ie



Screening. Tabernacle ! Ciné Club goes West this month and crosses the Atlantic for the French-speaking shores of Québec... Denys Arcand's Les Invasions barbares, recipient of over 40 international awards (including the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2004), is a story about the humor, hope and unspoken bonds that hold family and friends together against the onslaughts of life in our contemporary times. Starring: Rémy Girard, Stéphane Rousseau, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal.

Thursday 22 at 7.30pm
French version with English subtitles, 99 min.

Information and booking: library@alliance-francaise.ie
Admission Free. Seats are limited to 15 and restricted to Members.



Screening. The courage of Résistance fighters in occupied Paris during WW2 is brought to light in this gripping drama by celebrated director Robert Guédiguian, previously best known for blue-collar dramas set in his native Marseilles.
Jean-Pierre Darroussin plays a detective inspector aware of just what’s going on, thus playing on our expectations that the ever-jovial character actor will make a stand for human decency. What follows focuses our attention on how we might react in similar circumstances, transforming a tense, authentic historical saga into a living, breathing testament to the reality that questions of moral commitment never really go away.

Presentation and Q&A by Pr John Horne (Trinity College)

Tuesday 20 October at 6:30pm

Tickets for AF Members: €7.50 (on production of their membership card)


Monday, October 5, 2009



Adults’ workshop
To look at writing differently
This workshop offers the opportunity to (re)discover calligraphy by means of a study of very elegant writing: gothic cursive. Also on the programme: the creation of a stencil/transfer. For ages 12 to adult. Maximum 10 students. For all levels – beginner to experienced calligraphers. Materials required: a quotation of about a dozen words; a ruler and a stanley knife (if possible).

Thursday 15 October from 6pm-8pm
Admission: AF members €30 (on production of their membership card) / non-members €35.

Children’s Workshop

To discover calligraphy in an entertaining way.
The aim is to help them (re)discover pleasure in writing. For 6-11 year olds. Max. 12 participants. All materials supplied.

Saturday 17 October 12.15pm-1.45pm
Admission: AF members €20 (on production of their membership card) / non-members €25.

Information & booking:
/ info@alliance-francaise.ie



Booklaunch. Listed for the Chambery festival of first fiction and the Literary prize for new authors in fiction, Hélène Le Chatelier makes her first literary debut with the novel Dernière adresse published by Arléa editions. Born in 1974 in Bourges she now lives and works in Dublin and, with a lively style, tells the story of this old unworthy Irish woman who casts a lucid eye over her life and the people around her.

Si la vieillesse est un naufrage, l’écriture modeste et profonde, elle, est une ascension lente vers un vrai plaisir : celui de lire un bon premier roman. C. Dupont-Monod's review in Marianne.

Tuesday 13 October 6.30pm
Interview conducted in French
A book signing will follow the interview

Thursday, October 1, 2009


On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the writer Henri Pourrat (1887-1959) the Alliance Française has the pleasure of inviting you to a conference organised in association with the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France and the French Department Trinity College.
After a short presentation by the President of the Society of Friends of Henri Pourrat, a film of about thirty minutes will allow you to become better acquainted with the author known for his Gaspard des montagnes which won him the Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie Française in 1931. He was also awarded the Prix Goncourt some year later with Vent de Mars.
Pr David Parris will then present correspondence between Henri Pourrat and T.B. Rudmose Brown, holder of the Chair of French at Trinity between 1909 and 1942.

Wednesday 7 October 6.30pm
Alliance Française in Dublin, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2