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Bilingual Poetry Reading

French contemporary poetry

Franck André Jamme ranks among the best contemporary French poets. Translations of his poetry are included in 'The New French Poetry' (Bloodaxe, 1996), and in 'The Yale Book of 20th Century French Poetry' (2003). Presentation of his work and bilingual reading with British poet Patrick McGuinness.


Franck André Jamme | talks
Patrick McGuinness | talks


Date and Time:

16 February 2005 at 7:00 pm





Institut Francais
17 Queensberry Place
South Kensington
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About the Institut français du Royaume-Uni

Founded in 1910 by a private benefactor, the Institut français is the official French government centre of language and culture, one of the 150 Instituts troughout the world and one of the oldest French cultural centres based abroad. The Language Centre offers a wide range of courses in general or specialised French language, while the Cultural Centre stresses two areas: French, European and World cinema and cutting-edge writing and thought.

The Language Centre

The Language Centre offers tuition to over 6000 students a year and has 75 carefully selected, highly professional tutors. Courses are continually being adapted to suit the requirements of our students. In addition to traditional language courses, we have courses covering French culture, current affairs and business French.

Ciné lumière

Launched by Catherine Deneuve in March 1998, Ciné lumière is an independent showcase for the very best in French, European and world cinema. Our repertory features some 600 screenings a year. Festivals, seasons, retrospectives, premieres, new releases, guest star appearances: Ciné lumière is an everyday festival. A public cinema with 300 seats, Ciné lumière is open to everyone. You don't have to be a member of the Institut français - nor do you have to speak French! All films are shown in original version with English subtitles.

The Multimedia Library

Our multimedia library offers free access to 52 000 items: books, French newspapers and magazines, videos & DVDs, CDs and CD-ROMs aimed at Francophiles, French speakers or learners. The library also supplies information services such as the Quick Information Service which provides information and documentation on contemporary France and francophone countries, and the Studies in France Information Desk which promotes cultural and educational exchanges between France and Great Britain.

Talks Programme

The Institut français has a varied programme of talks, giving a wide range of speakers the opportunity to express themselves freely and enter into a dialogue with the public. Thanks to the book launches our audiences are the first to know about the latest translations from French and publications about France.

French Music Bureau

The French Music Bureau is a unique collaboration between the French Government (Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture) and the domestic music industry to improve the profile of French popular music in both the UK and worldwide markets. The bureau aims to act as a consultant and offers assistance in the development of artists in every genre of French popular contemporary music. It is an essential communication resource, building a cultural network of coordination, advice, promotion and information with French, British and foreign media, educational institutions and music professionals.

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