Ian Thompson, emeritus professor of geography at Glasgow University, Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and an honorary life fellow of ’La Société de Géographie de Paris’, spent some 40 years researching regional development in France.
After retiring, he wrote several books about Jules Verne’s relationship with Scotland, among which his latest one Jules Verne’s Scotland, in Fact and Fiction (Luath Press).
This talk will be for Ian Thompson the occasion to explore an often unknown yet captivating aspect of Verne’s life. explaining the fascination of Verne with Scotland and retracing the French author’s steps through the territory from 1852 when he first came with Alfred Hignard to the 1880’s.
(Re)discover this part of Jules Verne’s work with books such as ’The Green Ray’, ’The Underground city’ or ’Backwards to Britain’, and don’t forget to have a look at the Institute’s gallery, redecorated for the occasion with old Verne’s books, a map, gravures and some other hidden gems from the Library’s collection.
Talk in French
Institute members: £3 / Non members: £5
Book your ticket now by phone (0131 225 5366) or in person at the French Institute.
Order now your copy of Ian Thompson’s ’Jules Verne’s Scotland: In Fact and Fiction’