Thursday, December 17, 2009

Short Story and Poem Competition (Franco-Irish Literary Festival)

Before I wish you a Merry Christmas I would like to give you all rules of the short story and poem competition. I really hope you will find time, between two chocolates or Christmas pudding, to think about your story.

-You must write a short story or short poem on the theme of “The City”.
-You can write in English or in French.
-Your story or poem must not be in excess of 1000 words, but with at the least 500 words.
-Send your completed story or poem by email to or post in on the blog of the Alliance Francaise of Dublin.

-The closing date for entries is 31st March 2010.
-All stories will be displayed during the Franco-Irish Literary Festival.

Good luck

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Short Story or Poem Competition (Franco-Irish Literary Festival 2010)

As you may know, the Alliance Francaise of Dublin is organising the eleventh Franco-Irish Literary Festival which takes place on the 16th, 17th and 18th of April 2010 in Dublin.
The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is a meeting place for everyone interested in Irish and French Literature.
To mark this eleventh consecutive year of the Festival on the theme of "The City", this year we have decided to come up with a new idea:The Short Story or Poem Competition.

Everyone able to write in english or french is invited to take part in this challenge.

Get your thinking caps on! Details to follow.
Hope you will take part.

See you in January with all rules of the competition.

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


The programme, which ranges from the Middle Ages to the great French composers of the 20th century (Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc) evokes the sadness of winter transcended by the love and warmth of Christmas.
Laura Zimmermann (soprano) studied at the Conservatoire of Strasbourg and at the Schola Cantorum of Basel. She teaches singing and produces shows and has recently come to live in Dublin. Jean-Baptiste Milon (piano) studied at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. He is currently in the first year of a Masters at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Thursday 17 December - 8.00pm

AF Members €8 (Non Members €12) Including a complimentary glass of wine and a slice of the traditional Bûche de Noël (the Christmas Cake).

Book online!


Based on the novel by crime scribe Patricia Highsmith, René Clément's striking study from 1960 of a glamorous and complex psychopath features a career defining turn from a young, beautiful and ultra-cool Alain Delon. An engrossing meditation on Tranference and deceit. The movie was later remade as the disappointing Talented Mr. Ripley.

Thursday 10 December

French version with English subtitles, 112 min.
Admission Free. Seats are limited to 15 and restricted to Members.
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Once again the Alliance Française is glad to invite its students to a Table Quiz organised and hosted by its teachers and staff! All the quiz rounds are about different aspects of French culture: cinema, food, music, literature, sports, etc.

We have numerous prizes for each member of the winning teams, including books, films, t-shirts and vouchers for a French course!

Registration is €10 per person. This price includes a complimentary glass of wine and a slice of the traditional Bûche de Noël (the Christmas Cake).

Wednesday 9 December 7.30pm


Are you looking for exclusive Christmas gifts this year? Why not come and shop at our Christmas Market with a French touch on Saturday 5 December?

After the great success of our first Christmas Market last year we are having another this year
with an even wider choice of products from our French partners including food, wine, delicatessen, jewellery and home decoration.

You might also like to sit back with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and escape the hustle and bustle for a relaxing break at Café des amis!

Saturday 5 December from 9.30am to 4.30pm
Admission free

JOHN HORNE "Guerres & réconciliations européennes au 20ème siècle"

Pr John Horne (Trinity College) will discuss an essential paradox in the contemporary European history: Its turning points occurred less during the wars than in the post-war periodswhen Europeans had to confront the violence which had so deeply divided them. Thus - taking a balanced view - one can offer an interpretation of the 20th century that is less dark and more optimistic.

Conference in French followed by a question and answer session (in French and English) and a reception. Copies of the book Vingt-sept leçons d'histoire européenne published by Le Seuil, will be on sale at the event.

Thursday 3 December - 6.30pm

Admission free