We Recommend

The Crew by Joseph Kessel

Wed 27 Apr - Wed 27 Jul

Pushkin Press

The crew of a French reconnaissance plane during WWI consisted of just two men: a pilot and an observer. Joseph Kessel's first literary success, originally published in 1923 and based on his experience, is a staggering tale of courage, brotherhood and loss.


Confessions of a Madman by Leila Sebbar

Wed 4 May - Thu 4 Aug

Dalkey Archive Press

This book displays the struggle of a civil war by following the fragmentation and irreversible separation of a single family. Alternating flashbacks and descriptions of a man’s present, Sebbar delivers what French critics call a modern fable for adults.


The Life of Elves by Muriel Barbery

Wed 11 May - Thu 11 Aug

Gallic Books

An inspiring literary fantasy about two gifted girls from the French bestselling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Life of Elves sings of the human spirit and conveys a message of hope and faith.


Notes by Boulet

Wed 18 May - Thu 18 Aug

Soaring Penguin Press

The 'Notes' series is the print collections of French cartoonist Boulet’s hugely popular and acclaimed webcomics, which have deservedly bought him international fame. Discover his irresistible humour and insight into every-day life.



Thu 19 May - Sat 1 Oct

Bold Tendencies

Bold Tendencies is hosting the work of French-Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed on its rooftop space, for a tenth summer season in the multi-storey car park in Peckham. The new commission will be accompanied by a programme of public conversations.

Visual Arts

Peplum by Blutch

Wed 25 May - Sun 25 Sep

New York Review Books

The man known as Blutch is one of the giants of contemporary comics, and 'Peplum' may be his masterpiece: a grand, strange dream of ancient Rome. The hypnotic storytelling and gorgeous art pull us into one of the great works of graphic literature!


The Little Communist Who Never Smiled by Lola Lafon

Wed 1 Jun - Thu 1 Sep

Serpent's Tail

The story of Comaneci's journey from growing up in rural Romania to her eventual defection to the United States in 1989. Lafon's novel is a powerful re-imagining of a childhood in the spotlight of history, politics and destiny.


Bird in a Cage by Frédéric Dard

Wed 8 Jun - Thu 8 Sep

Pushkin Press

"It felt like the slipknot on a rope round my chest was being tightened without pity" : unravelling like a paranoid nightmare, Bird in a Cage melds existentialist drama with thrilling noir to tell the story of a man trapped in a prison of his own making.


Cry Mother Spain by Lydie Salvayre

Wed 15 Jun - Thu 15 Sep


A powerful account of the early days of the Spanish Civil War, seen through the eyes of a young girl aged fifteen as Franco's forces begin their murderous purges and cities across Spain rise up against the old order.


Her Father’s Daughter by Marie Sizun

Wed 22 Jun - Thu 22 Sep

Peirene Press

A poetic story about a girl’s love for her father. Told from her perspective, but with the clarity of an adult’s mind, we experience her desire to be noticed by the first man in her life. A rare examination of the bonds & boundaries between father and daughter.


Before Tomorrow, Epigenesis and Rationality by Catherine Malabou

Wed 29 Jun - Thu 29 Sep

Polity Press

Catherine Malabou lays out Kant's response to his posterity. True to its subject, the book evolves as an epigenesis the differentiated growth of the embryo Ð, for this is the very life of the transcendental, and contains the promise of its transformation.


Liverpool Biennial

Sat 9 Jul - Sun 16 Oct

Various venues in Liverpool

Liverpool Biennial includes new and existing works from artists at various stages of their career. Not to be missed: works of art by Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Audrey Cottin and Céline Condorelli.

Visual Arts

Ballet National de Marseille at the Southbank Centre

Fri 5 - Sat 6 Aug

Royal Festival Hall

Presented by one of Europe's leading dance companies, this piece explores the relationship between the individual body and wider society. Through extraordinary movements, it explores our confrontations with tribalism and celebrations of togetherness.

Performing Arts

Alpha,The Man who Hoped for a Better Life

Sat 13 Aug

Garden Theatre

Barroux presents the world première performance of Alpha, a son-et-lumière dramatic realisation of his powerful graphic novel on migration, launched here in the English language for the first time. With translator Sarah Ardizzone and actor Thierry Lawson.

Performing Arts, Talks

Adrien Bosc & Miriam Moss at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sat 13 Aug

Writers' Retreat

1949 - an Air France flight crashes into a mountain, no survivors. Adrien Bosc's Constellation tells the stories of the 48 passengers. 1970 - Palestinian guerillas hijack a plane. In Girl on a Plane, Miriam Moss fictionalises her memory of the event.


Café Littéraire with Adrien Bosc and Faïza Guène

Sun 14 - Mon 15 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

The Institut français in Edinburgh is welcoming French authors during the Fringe Festiva! Meet Adrien Bosc on Sunday 14 August (17:30) and Faïza Guène with her translator Sarah Ardizzone on Monday 15 August (14:30)! Free admission, Booking essential.


Faïza Guène at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sun 14 Aug

Writers' Retreat

Faïza Guène’s novels offer subtle political and bittersweet cultural insights into the life of French-Algerian communities in the Parisian suburbs. She will discuss her new book 'Men Don't Cry' with translator Sarah Ardizzone.


Barroux at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Sun 14 Aug

Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab

Heard about the follow-up to the French illustrator's highly-acclaimed picture book Where's the Elephant? This time, dive into the ocean with Starfish for a game of hide-and-seek with an environmental theme, and find out how Barroux creates his art!


Ensemble L’imaginaire

Tue 16 Aug

St John's Smith Square

Ensemble L’imaginaire, a young ensemble based in France, is committed to delivering strong musical experiences through their collaborations with composers. This concert, which features captivating music of composer Richard Barrett, is supported by Diaphonique

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Sarah Ardizzone & Bessora at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Wed 17 Aug

Baillie Gifford Imagination Lab

The graphic novel Alpha, written by Bessora and translated by Sarah Ardizzone, is a story of great humanity. Both writers will talk about the book and discuss the materials that have been developed to challenge the dehumanising discourse around migration.


French Authors at the Fringe

Mon 22 Aug

Summerhall, Red Lecture Theatre

Cross-Channel Theatre presents three staged readings of fresh new work by French writers recently translated in English: Going Through by Estelle Savasta, It’s Christmas so deal with it by Pierre Notte and Country by Pedro Kadivar.

Performing Arts

Café Littéraire with Jean-Christophe Rufin and Tahar Ben Jelloun

Sat 27 - Sun 28 Aug

Institut Français d'Ecosse

The Institut français in Edinburgh is welcoming French-speaking authors during the Fringe Festival! Meet Jean-Christophe Rufin on Saturday 27 August (18:00) and Tahar Ben Jelloun on Sunday 28 August (18:00)! Free admission, Booking essential.


Bee Rowlatt & Jean-Christophe Rufin at the Edinburgh Int. Book Fest.

Sat 27 Aug

Garden Theatre

J-C. Rufin is a French diplomat, co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières and a novelist. He will join journalist Been Rowlatt to discuss travel writing. In 'Santiago Pilgrimage', Rufin shares his thoughtful 800km pilgrimage on foot to Santiago de Compostela.


Tahar Ben Jelloun & Irenosen Okojie at the Edinburgh Int. Book Fest.

Sun 28 Aug

Garden Theatre

Tahar Ben Jelloun, Morocco’s greatest living author, presents a compelling novelisation of his mother’s life. 'About My Mother' beautifully and tenderly tells the story of her descent into dementia. In discussion with rising author Irenosen Okojie.


Les Arts Florissants at BBC Proms

Thu 1 Sep

Royal Albert Hall

Les Arts Florissants brings J. S. Bach’s magnificent Mass in B minor to the Proms. William Christie conducts a cast of soloists including soprano Katherine Watson, counter-tenor Tim Mead, tenor Reinoud van Mechelen and baritone André Morsch.

Classical Music

Spectacles Without an Object : Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet

Thu 1 Sep - Wed 30 Nov

Pavilion, Leeds

This exhibition explores -through film, images, objects and performances- specific occurrences of utopian performances in the past, way before the 20th century, and before the point Modern Art History usually assigns the beginning of performance art.

Visual Arts


Thu 1 - Sun 25 Sep

Cubitt Gallery

Multimedia artist Alden Volney’s first solo exhibition in the UK - Broadcaste - is an immersive installation analysing how media have shaped society and continue to be conduits for reductive normative ideologies and oppressive socio-political narratives.

Visual Arts


Mon 5 Sep

The Lexington

Imarhan are the latest sensations to breeze out of the Sahara, intent on dismantling the ideas Western listeners have about popularised Tuareg music. Following summer UK festival experiences, the young stars are returning to London for a headline show.

Contemporary Music

Benjamin Loyauté: The Astounding Eyes of Syria

Wed 7 - Tue 27 Sep

Somerset House

Benjamin Loyauté, nominated for the French Pavillion at the first international London Design Biennale, has spent years experimenting in the geopolitics of design. Steeped in history and cultural anthropology, his new format for intervention binds semantics, objects and contexts together. Here, his new work explores immaterial culture and New Pragmatism.

Visual Arts

Rock for Rimbaud

Sat 10 Sep

Kings Place

Drawing on the great enthusiasm which many musicians have for the poet Rimbaud, the Foundation is presenting a series of concerts Rock for Rimbaud featuring some of these famous musicians and providing platforms for talented up-and-coming artists!

Contemporary Music

Jacques Roubaud

Fri 16 Sep

Senate House

Meet multi-awarded French poet and Oulipo member Jacques Roubaud this autumn! The discussion, organised by the London Institute of Modern Language Research in partnership with the Institut français, will approach the various aspects of Roubaud's creation.


Poetry House Live

Mon 19 Sep

Kings Place

An original live theatrical performance featuring short mini-plays written by seven of Europe’s most exciting young playwrights, celebrating the houses once occupied by famous poets, and exploring the stories that took place within their walls.

Performing Arts

Alejandra Ribera

Thu 22 Sep

The Borderline

Canadian singer-songwriter Ribera's sound is an enveloping, exotic hybrid of folk, indie, jazz and world music that weaves together a sophisticated range of instrumentation. This is her first proper London headline show since the release of her album La Boca.

Contemporary Music

after it…T_T for the next generation

Thu 22 Sep - Sun 6 Nov

Cell Project Space

Aude Pariset’s new body of works questions the motivational decisions about what should be preserved and what can be wasted in a world where the preservation of data and matter has become a generational concern.

Visual Arts

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Fri 23 - Sat 24 Sep

Camp and Furnace, Liverpool

One of the UK's leading festivals for mind-bending musical treats, Liverpool Pysch Fest (as it is more commonly known) has French guests including Acid Washed, Aquagascallo (Aquaserge + Julien Gasc + Barbagallo), France, Arlt, Bantam Lyons and Yeti Lane.

Contemporary Music

For The Man Who Wouldn’t Get Up – Homage to David Lodge

Fri 23 Sep - Sun 27 Nov

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Designer Philippine Hamen’s lounge chair is inspired by the story of a man who is tired of getting up every morning to live the same day indefinitely in The Man Who Wouldn’t Get Up (1966) by renowned Birmingham author David Lodge.

Visual Arts


Mon 26 Sep

The Lexington

Jain, who charmed audiences at The Great Escape festival earlier this year, was born in Toulouse but spent her childhood divided between Abu Dhabi, the Congo, and Dubai. Her fresh, global pop sound mixes hip-hop, dance music, dub, reggae, soul and more.

Contemporary Music

Marc Camille Chaimowicz at the Serpentine Gallery

Thu 29 Sep - Sun 20 Nov

Serpentine Gallery

Exploring the space between public and private, Chaimowicz looks into domestic interiors heavily invested by cultural references. As well as presenting past seminal works, the exhibition will feature new commissions throughout the space.

Visual Arts

International Translation Day 2016

Fri 30 Sep

British Library

This year’s vibrant day-long programme includes seminars on women writers in translation, multilingualism, the state of translation in higher education, alternative routes to publication and translating for the stage.