We are 100 years old!

In 2010, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni (The French Institute in the UK) is celebrating its centenary with a series of special events.

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Monday 15th of August 2022

Meeting of minds

A series of encounters, ‘les dialogues du centenaire’, bring together well known British and French authors and film directors to discuss a wide range of challenging topics.

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Institut français Centenary


Pierre Assouline and Richard Holmes on Writing Biographies
Pierre Assouline and Richard Holmes on Writing Biographies
Wed 10 Feb 07.30 pm
Médiathèque - Institut français - LONDON
Les Dialogues du centenaire


Biographers Pierre Assouline and Richard Holmes discuss their work from their idiosyncratic Franco-British perspectives. How has the writing of biographies evolved over the past few decades? What differences can be drawn between the genre in France and in the UK? Pierre Assouline is a novelist, biographer, and journalist whose most recent book in English is Hergé, the Man who created Tintin. Richard Holmes has written numerous biographies, notably those of Coleridge and Shelley, and contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books.

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