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The South Ken Kids Festival is back this autumn for its 20th anniversary edition: a whole week of fun with live drawing events, workshops, book signings, celebrating Children’s literature! Some of the most acclaimed French authors had a try at both grown ups’ and children’s literature, here is our selection

Michel Tournier, Les roi des Aulnes (Gallimard) | Novel
Michel Tournier, Sept Contes (Gallimard Jeunesse) | Children’s Tales

Jean-Claude Mourlevat, Terrienne (Gallimard) | Novel
Jean-Claude Mourlevat, La troisième vengeance de Robert Poutifard (Gallimard Jeunesse) | Children’s novel

Timothée de Fombelle, Le Livre de Perle (Gallimard) | Young Adult’s Novel
Timothée de Fombelle, Tobie Lolness (Gallimard Jeunesse) | Children’s Novel

Marcelino Truong, Une si jolie petite guerre, Saigon 1961-1963 (Denoël) | Graphic Novel
Marcelino Truong, T’étais qui, toi : Churchill (Actes Sud Junior) | Children’s non-fiction book

Olivier Adam, La Renverse (Flammarion) | Novel
Olivier Adam, Achille et la Rivière (Sud Junior) | Children’s book

Barroux, Alpha : Abidjan-Gare du Nord (Gallimard) | Graphic Novel
Barroux, Line of Fire (Phoenix Yard Books) | Children’s Graphic Novel

Jacques Tardi, Avril et le Monde truqué, dir. by F. Ekinci, C. Desmares | Children’s DVD
Jacques Tardi, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, dir. by L. Besson | DVD

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OUR HEARTS SKIP A BEAT FOR THIS SELECTION OF DOCUMENTS

Our Cinema specialist’s choices

Swagger, dir. by O. Babinet, 2017 | non fiction DVD (French & English subtitles available)
Swagger takes us into the minds of eleven children and adolescents with amazing personalities, who are growing up within some of France’s most underprivileged housing projects. The film shows us the world through their singular and unexpected gazes, their funny and incisive thoughts. By using a mosaic of encounters and by mixing genres, even musicals and science fiction, Swagger gives life to the words and fantasies of these kids from Aulnay and Sevran.

Juste la fin du Monde, dir. by X. Dolan, 2016 | DVD (French subtitles available)
After a twelve-year absence, a playwright returns to his hometown planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen and love.

Corniche Kennedy, dir. by D. Cabrera | DVD (French & English subtitles available)
Corniche Kennedy. In the blue of the Mediterranean, at the foot of luxurious villas, the young kids of Marseille defy the laws of gravity. Marco, Mehdi, Franck, Mélissa, Hamza, Mamaa, Julie: girls and boys dive, take flight, take risks to experience life to the fullest. Suzanne devours them with her eyes from inside her chic villa. Their free bodies, their excess. She wants to be part of them. She will be part of them.

Our Children’s Librarians like

Les orteils n’ont pas de nom, by J. ELeroy & M. Maudet | Picture Book

Robêêrt : mêêmoires, by J-L Fromental | Novel

Minute papillon !, by G. Doremus| Picture Book

Océano, by Anouck & Louis Rigaud | Pop-up Book

Sous ma couverture vit une tortue, by A. Guillerey | Picture Book

L’Histoire de Miss Kitty, by Q. Blake & B. Potter | Picture Book

 
Discover our handpicked selection on of the latest Children’s e-book on Culturethèque

Our literature expert recommends

The Great Swindle, by Pierre Lemaitre | Novel (in English)
French version also available : Au revoir la-haut, by Pierre Lemaitre

Boussole, by Mathias Enard | Culturethèque – eBook
also available in English, Compass | Novel

Le mariage de plaisir, by Tahar Ben Jelloun | Novel (in French)

L’art de perdre, by A. Zeniter | Novel (in French)

This Little Art, Kate Briggs & Daniel Hahn discuss translation | Culturetheque’s podcast

Our Music specialist recommends

Adieu l’Enfance, by La Féline. Published in 2014 by Kwaiden | CD – Pop

Easy listening : Exotica & autres musiques légères, by E. Pacaud | Non-fiction Book

Je ne sais pas, by M. Boogaerts | Non fiction book

Luxe, by Stranded Horse. Published in 2015 by Talitres| CD -Pop

 
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Our Language Students expert recommends

For Beginners
French Made Simple: Learn to Speak and Understand French Quickly and Easily: Niveau A | Book

Arsène Lupin gentleman cambrioleur : Niveau A1 | Book & CD

1001 easy french phrases : Niveau A2 | Book & CD

50 ways to improve your French : Niveau A2 | Book & CD

For Intermediates
Word Up, le dico de l’argot bilingue, by Maison des langues | Bilingual dictionary

20 000 lieues sous les mers : Niveau B1 | Book & CD

Essential French Grammar : for the sixth form and beyond, Niveau B2 | Grammar book

 
Brush up your French with hundreds of online language resources on Culturethèque!

 


NEWS

Baudoin

Artist in Residence!

In the run up to the 2017 South Ken Kids Festival, French illustrator Edmond Baudoin will be artist in residence at the Institut français! Acting as Ambassador to your beloved festival, the author of Dali, Peau d’Ane, and Méditerranée (among so many others!) will be bringing his inks, paint and brushes to add a touch of French poetry to our newly renovated Médiathèque, as well as holding workshops and running around London to meet young illustrators for a whole week.

To top it all off, this residence will be closing with an extraordinary live drawing session on Wednesday 15 November at 7.00pm.

The Residence is supported by the Friends of the French Institute trust as part of Projet Lumière(s).