News & events
Whether you want to stay cosy inside at a book meet-up or take part in an outdoor sporting event, there’s plenty for everyone this month in France. Catriona Burns highlights the key events
The perfect crime
1 Fans of crime and thriller fiction will love the Quais du Polar festival in Lyon; an event dedicated to the crime fiction genre. From 31 March to 2 April, the festival will hold debates, meetings, readings, plays and crime film screenings selected by authors. A key date in the European and French cultural calendar, the event has attracted many masters of the crime-writing school in addition to thousands of fans of the style whether their interest is rooted in thriller, historical, spy or mystery fiction. With the exception of some film screenings, the festival is free.
By the book
2 Books are back, as you will find at the Livre Paris book fair from
24-27 March at the capital’s Porte de Versailles. The event is one of the world’s largest literary get-togethers, attracting thousands of publishers, authors and readers alike. With book-signing sessions, talks, debates and 50 book-themed stalls, the annual fair is a melting pot of ideas and inspiration. A total of 45 countries are represented at the event and this year the country of honour is Morocco. Until 23 March, a weekday ticket costs €8 and a weekend ticket is €10.
Poetry in motion
3 Now in its 19th year,
Printemps des Poètes is an annual nationwide festival that aims to raise public awareness of poetry in all its forms. With events happening all across France from 4-19 March, there’s plenty of events to channel your inner poet including celebrity readings, workshops and discussions plus activities for children. Every year, the festival focuses on a particular part of the world; this year the theme is poetry from Africa.