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

Living France - - DÉCOUVREZ -

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.


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