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Held ev­ery year dur­ing the last week­end of June, the Marathon des Mots in Toulouse was orig­i­nally founded in 2005 by Olivier Poivre d’Ar­vor and hon­ours writ­ers and artists from all over the world. The event in­cludes more than 150 lit­er­ary gath­er­ings, dur­ing which read­ings are given by ac­tors or by the au­thors them­selves, and there are book sign­ings, de­bates and ex­hi­bi­tions too, while ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren en­cour­age them to ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of the writ­ten word. Each year’s pro­gramme has a dif­fer­ent theme and this year’s event, tak­ing place from 28 June to 1 July, will ex­plore the lit­er­a­ture of the Por­tugue­ses­peak­ing world. All events are free to at­tend. lemarathon­desmots.com Turn to page 22 for more on life in Toulouse

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