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Shakespeare’s First Folio at La Médiathèque

One of Shakespeare’s First Folio has recently been discovered in the public library of Saint Omer – Northern France. This one brings the tally still in existence to 233. La Médiathèque at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni is delighted to welcome back the Folio from 24 to 26 Feb.
In the newly renovated listed room, you will be able to contemplate the orignal Folio and flick freely through its digital copy. The director of the Saint-Omer library’s medieval and early modern collection as well as the Library team will be there to answer any of your questions.

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Angoulême International festival

Angoulême International festival is a major event in the French cultural landscape and is a leading cultural comic book event in the world. At La Médiathèque we also celebrate what we call the 9th Art with a special selection.

Tribute to Cartoons and political cartoonists

Our hearts skip a beat for this selection of documents

Our Cinema specialist’s picks

  • School of Babel, dir. by Julie Bertollucci, 2014 | DVD-Documentary (French Subtitles available)
    Presenting a patchwork of nationalities and personal goals, but all united with one common goal. Learning French and trying to fit in where they don’t belong. They are between 11 and 15 years old and have just arrived in France. For a year they will be all together in the same adaptation class of a Parisian secondary school. This much anticipated documentary tells us about the innocence, enthusiasm and inner turmoil of these teenagers.
  • Pas son genre, dir. by Lucas Belvaux, 2014 | DVD-Fiction (French subtitles available)
    Clément, a young Parisian philosophy teacher is transferred to the northern town of Arras for a year. Far from the bright lights of Paris, he doesn’t know what to do with his spare time. That’s when he meets Jennifer, an attractive young hairdresser who becomes his lover. But while Clément’s life is ruled by the ideas of Kant and Proust, Jennifer spends her time reading popular novels and celebrity gossip magazines, and going to karaoke nights with her girlfriends. Their hearts and bodies are free to embark on a passionate love affair, but will it be strong enough to overcome the social and cultural barriers between them?

Our Language Students expert recommends

Our Children’s Librarian loves

Our Music expert recommand

  • Ego Trip, by Chill Bump | No Pressure, 2014 | Rap & Hip-Hop, CD
    Chill Bump has created its own universe; a world of lofty, uncluttered and sometimes abrasive beats over which Miscellaneous verbalizes in his native English.
  • Godforsaken Roads, by Black Strobe | La Baleine, 2014 | Electro, CD
    New 2014 album! Hulking synth-funk ‘n’ dark disco from the Parisian stayers, for fans of Tangerine Dream and Depeche Mode. Includes a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.
  • Mélancolies d’un soir, by Tchavolo Schmitt Quartet | L’autre Distribution, 2014 | Jazz, CD
    A dynamic and personal last album. Blending blues, jazz and swing, this is a gorgeous tribute to Django Reinhardt.

Our Comics specialist says

  • Come Prima by Alfred (Best Album Prize Angoulême 2014)
  • Ma Révérence by Lupano (Thiller Prize Angoulême 2014)
  • L’Arabe du Futur by Riad Sattouf (Official Selection Angoulême 2015)
  • Blast T4 by Manu Larcenet (Official Selection Angoulême 2015)
  • Last Man de Balak (Official Selection Angoulême 2015)

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News: London Children’s Book Swap

Are you hungry for stories? Looking for a new adventures? Swap your old books for new favourites as La Médiathèque becomes one of the hosts of London Children’s Book Swap.
Join us for the fourth London Children’s Book Swap!
Sat 14 Feb from 12.00pm | Free

FOCUS : Celebrating the “Grande Guerre” Centenary (1914-2014)

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War.
This year, visit La Mediatheque, to learn about the First World War through the voices, books and pictures of those who were there.


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