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Un mot pour vous rappeler que nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir Sylvain Ledda jeudi prochain (17h, room 224 dans la bibliothèque).
Sylvain Ledda est professeur de littérature française à l’Université de Rouen-Normandie, spécialiste du romantisme français. Il a consacré de nombreux travaux au théâtre des années 1830, et en particulier à Alfred de Musset, dont il dirige les Œuvres complètes. Pendant le séminaire, Sylvain se propose d’évoquer la dramaturgie de Musset à la lumière de la récente création de Fantasio au Théâtre du Châtelet.
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Monsieur Luc Degonville, Maire de Manicamp(Ainse) who was invited by the Franco-Scottish Society (Edinburgh Branch) to give a talk in Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness on the town of Manicamp, where the Scottish landscape gardener, Thomas Blaikie (1751-1858) lived and worked. The Mayor of Manicamp has recently named a square in his town after the Scottish landscape gardener. In her biography of Thomas Blaikie, Patricia Taylor, refers to Thomas Blaikie as “the Capability Brown of France”
Monsieur Degonville was given a civic reception by the Provost of Perth before his talk to the Perth Branch of the Franco-Scottish Society.
On Saturday 21st January 2017, the French Embassy Education Attaché based in Scotland, Thomas Chaurin, spoke to the Dumfries and Galloway Branch about the Francophonie. The audience was small but enthusiastic. As usual the welcome given by the Branch members was warm and much appreciated by Thomas.
The National AGM of the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland will be held on Saturday 3th June 2017 in St Andrews. The AGM will begin at 11am and is open to all members of the Franco-Scottish Society. Coffee/tea will be served from 10.30 am.
Details of venue and post AGM events will be available shortly.
Members of the Perth Branch of the Franco-Scottish Society met on Saturday 10th December for their Christmas dinner. The evening got off to a great start with 4 unaccompanied French Chansons, sung by Walter Perrie and his friend Lisa Lafferty-Monro. Walter and Lisa had clearly put in a lot of rehearsal time and as they sang we were able to follow the words in a handsome booklet of lyrics, made specially for the occasion.
Walter and Lisa
The evening’s entertainment was followed by a very congenial dinner after which we retired to the library for coffee and a rousing chorus of “Ma Normandie” and “La Marseillaise”.
After so much revolutionary fervour we all disbanded – a good time had by all.
Tom Wight, vice-president of the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland and Chairman of the Edinburgh Branch gave a talk on Amiens Cathedral to members of the Dumfries and Galloway Branch of the Franco-Scottish Society. The talk was followed by refreshments and a pleasant exchange of ideas. Wesley Paxton, the Honorary Secretary of the Dumfries and Galloway Branch, welcomed the speaker and set up the room ready for the PowerPoint presentation.
The winner of the 2016 Lansdowne prize (for the student with the highest mark in Advanced Higher French) is Harriet Phillips, a former pupil of James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh. The certificate and prize was given to Harriet at a ceremony held in James Gillespie’s High School on the 16th December. Present at the ceremony were the head teacher, Mr Donald Macdonald , the French teachers, Mr Ryan Irvine and Ms Emma Sinclair, Harriet’s mother and pupils in S3 who are studying two or more foreign languages at the school. Tom Wight, Vice-president, Anne-Colette Lequet, General Secretary and Warden Black, Honorary Secretary of the Edinburgh Branch of the Franco-Scottish Society of Scotland presented the certificate and prize. The Head Teacher of James Gillespie’s and his staff were delighted by Harriet’s success and gave the Franco-Scottish Society members a very warm welcome to the school.
By providing prizes, the Edinburgh Branch of the Franco-Scottish Society supported the French Creative Writing Competition organised by Sylvain Blanche, lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, and Thomas Chaurin, French Embassy Education Attaché based in Scotland. Seventeen second year university students submitted essays in French. The prize-winners, chosen by a panel of Franco-Scottish Society members, were presented with a certificate and prizes by the French Consul General and Director of the Institut français d’Ecosse, Emmanuel Cocher at the French Institute on December 4th 2016. Warden Black, Honorary Secretary of the Edinburgh Branch, represented the Franco-Scottish Society (Edinburgh Branch).