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French writer Nicolas Fargues invited at the Franschhoek Literary Festival from 18 to 20 May

Nicolas Fargue


Nicolas Fargues is the guest French writer of the Franschhoek literary festival this year from 19 to 20 May. He is then invited by the French embassy to make a tour in 3 universities to meet the students of French language & francophone literature, from 21 to 25 May: UCT, UKZN, WITS.



Nicolas Fargues is a French writer, born in 1972. He spent his childhood in Cameroon, Lebanon and France, where he studied literature. His book One Man Show (2002) was acclaimed by both readers and critics and launched his career. From 2002 to 2006, he was the head of the Alliance Française of Diego Suarez, Madagascar and published in 2004 Rade Terminus, a novel based on his experience in this country. In 2006, he published J'étais derrière toi (I was behind you), an autobiographical work about his divorce. He started, thereafter, to write mostly autobiographical stories rather than fictional novels. In 2011, he received the France Culture-Télérama Prize for his book Tu verras. He was also finalist in the Anaïs Nin Prize this year for his last novel Je ne suis pas une heroine (2017), a book that speaks about the perception of interracial relationships in France.


His programme at the Franschhoek Literary festival

Saturday 19 May, 10h00 – 11h00 : Reasons to go/Reasons to stay (Hospice Hall): Danielle Bowler explores the motivations for moving from - or staying in - the lands of our birth, with Christopher Hope, Sizwe Mphofu-Walsh and Nicolas Fargues.

Saturday 19 May, 14h30-15h30: After the debut (Travellers' Lodge): The first novel gets all the hype, so you would think the next book would be a breeze, right? Niq Mhlongo, Deon Meyer and Nicolas Fargues reveal the pitfalls to Carol Mashigo.

Sunday 20 May, 10h00–11h00: A page full of power (Elephant & Barrel): Words carry weight beyond their ink. How do authors choose theirs for maximum meaning and impact? Nicolas Fargues, Michele Betty and Rehana Rossouw discuss their tactics with Tom Eaton.

Sunday 20 May, 13h00–14h00: Dear reader (Council Chamber): Savvy writers balance character development with knowing what the reader wants. Fiona Snyckers, Nicolas Fargues, and Angela Makholwa discuss how they make this work, with Kate Sidley


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Full programme : www.flf.co.za



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