Sat 11 Dec / with Posy Simmonds

Gustave Flaubert. The Fury of Writing

Tribute to Gustave Flaubert

Talk with Posy Simmonds, chaired by Boyd Tonkin followed by the screening of the documentary La Fureur d’écrire (in French with English subtitles)

For the 200th anniversary of Gustave Flaubert’s birth (12 Dec 1821), Posy Simmonds, acclaimed illustrator and author of the graphic novel Gemma Bovery, a sophisticated and witty middle class take on Flaubert’s novel Madame Bovary, will talk about her relationship to the genius of French letters. This discussion will be followed by the screening of La Fureur d’écrire, a programme of documentaries, interviews and readings paying tribute to Madame Bovary’s brilliant author.

Sat 11 Dec 1.30pm | £7, conc. £5

In partnership with Le Figaro Hors-Série, the Institut français d’Ecosse, and the Alliances Françaises network across the UK (Brighton, Glasgow, Oxford, Manchester)


About our guest

Posy Simmonds MBE is one of Britain’s greatest observational cartoonists and writers of children’s books. Author of the series Gemma Bovery and Tamara Drewe for The Guardian, she has also been a contributor to The Times and The Spectator. Her style gently satirises the English middle classes and in particular those of a literary bent. Both of the published books feature a “doomed heroine”, much in the style of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century gothic romantic novel, to which they often allude, but with an ironic, modernist slant.

In France, she was awarded the Prix de la Critique by the Association des Critiques et journalistes de Bande Dessinée in 2009, and was the president of the Grand Jury (2017) for the Angoulême International Comics Festival (Festival international de la bande dessinée d’Angoulême).

See also Reading Group: A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert on 2 Dec

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