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Beyond Words Festival

From 17 to 23 May 2021

From 17 May 2021, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (in London) reopens its doors and goes Beyond Words, onsite and online, with its festival of literature!

It is largely thanks to literature that we have managed to get through this year confined to our rooms, where imagination was synonymous with escape. Now great literature is back in top form and in touch with current affairs.

Expect the hottest publications, readings, exclusive conversations, screen adaptations and a great line-up including acclaimed authors Maylis de Kerangal, Laurent Binet, Ananda Devi, Douglas Stuart or Eric Vuillard, and new voices Rebecca Watson, Alice Zeniter, Julia Kerninon and Delphine Minoui, to name but a few.

Many of them will take us beyond borders and out of our comfort zone, tackling the Syrian war, the Franco-Algerian relationship, decolonial feminism or poverty. Some others will play distorting reality and history, from the conquest of Europe by the Incas, and the exquisite illusion of the art of trompe l’oeil to the complete manipulation of the audience by Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton in the brilliant Academy Award and BAFTA-winning The Father. From Spiral to noir revival, Olivier Norek will also give you some thrills and spills, while Agnès Poirier will tell us the fascinating history of Notre-Dame de Paris.

And this is only a glimpse of the tremendous programme they have concocted for you!

All events will be broadcasted live and for free on Facebook

Discover the full programme on: beyondwordslitfest.co.uk

Catch the following events on the Institut français dEcosse’s Facebook

- Monday 17 May | 18:00 BST | with Julia Kerninon, Rebecca Watson & Lauren Elkin
- Tuesday 18 May | 18:00 BST | Writing, Painting, Dreaming… with Maylis de Kerangal
- Tuesday 18 May | 20:00 BSt | Algeria, a Legacy with Kaouther Adimi & Alice Zeniter
- Thursday 20 May | 17:30 BST | Found in Translation with Jakuta Alikavazovic
- Friday 21 May | 18:00 BST | Europe. A Political Fiction? with Laurent Binet & Alex Preston
- Friday 21 May | 20:00 BST | The Wretched of History with Éric Vuillard & Douglas Stuart

Catch all other events on the Institut français du Royaume-Uni’s Facebook

Institut Français Écosse 2022