Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Coming soon: the Franco-Irish Literary Festival 2010

A quick note to remind you that the Franco-Irish Literary Festival, which is a meeting place for everyone interested in French and Irish Literature, will be held at Dublin Castle and the Alliance Française on the 16th, 17th and 18th April.

As you know we have invited a number of special guests to the festival.
Answer the question below and you will discover one of them.

Who is collaborating with Benoît Peeters on the comic Les cites obscures?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Exhibition. A collection of acclaimed work by Irish artistSeán Hillen will be shown for the first time in Dublin since the 1990’s. Best known for his Irelantis series, where competing myths and visions cohabit a deliciously witty montage, Hillen is one of the most significant artists of his generation.

As the Irelantis images have come to be seen as the most vivid and emblematic expression of the dreams and anxieties of the Celtic Tiger, his works from the ‘Troubles’ era, based on his own photographs, have become more widely-known internationally and are now studied as masterworks of the medium.

In this exhibition the public will get a rare opportunity to see several of the
delicate almost miniature original collages, together with a selection of a new definitive edition of archival prints.

12th February – 10th April 2010

Opening: Thursday 11th February at 6:30pm. Admission free.


Screening. Jacques Audiard’s latest is one of the great European crime flicks of recent years. Newcomer Tahar Rahim provides a compelling central presence as an Muslim prisoner in one of France’s toughest jails, who ensures his survival by throwing his lot in with a group of Corsican lifers, becoming an essential part of the criminal operation they run from behind bars, and something of a surrogate son for their grizzled head honcho (Niels Arestrup).

Roundtable. The film will be preceded by a roundtable discussion with John Lonergan, Governor of Mountjoy Prison, and Stéphanie Djian from Observatoire International des Prisons. The discussion will be moderated by UCD Lecturer, Dr. Laurent Marie.

Monday 8 February 6.30pm

IFI Members and Alliance Française Members will get a special discounted €7 ticket price


Irish Sailor Paul Ó Riain competed solo onboard his yacht “CityJet” in La Solitaire du Figaro in 2007, a gruelling 1,800 mile 4 stage yacht race between France, Ireland and Spain. Come and hear Paul speak about racing in the world’s most competitive solo sailing event.

British Sailor Steve White staked all to compete in the 2008-9 Vendée Globe solo round the world race. His story, of how he made it to the start of the biggest, toughest and most dramatic round the world sailing race ever and completed his remarkable circumnavigation to finish an incredible 8th place from 30 starters is both inspiring and compelling.

The talk will be in English with questions and answers in French and English. Including photo & video footage and a wine reception afterwards.

Thursday 4 February 8pm

Admission Free. RSVP: info@alliance-francaise.ie


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The New Poster - Franco-Irish Literary Festival 2010

Hello everybody,
I have the pleasure to show you the new poster of the Franco-Irish Literary Festival 2010.

I look forward to seeing you in April!