Par tous les chemins. Florilège poétique des langues de France

(alsacien, basque, breton, catalan, corse, occitan)


Marie-Jeanne Verny & Norbert Paganelli (coord.), préface de Jean-Pierre Siméon, ancien directeur du printemps des poètes.


Vous pouvez commander cet ouvrage chez votre libraire, ou directement auprès de l’éditeur.


Vous pouvez aussi organiser près de chez vous un événement visant à présenter cette première initiative réunissant en un seul volume de près de 500 pages autant de langues de France (en attendant un prolongement qui admettra celles qui n’ont pu trouver leur place dans cette première initiative d’ampleur).


La chanteuse – et enseignante d’occitan – Muriel Batbie Castell a conçu un récital où elle trace son propre chemin parmi les poètes représentés et dans toutes les langues du volume.

Cliquer ici pour en savoir plus   - pour la contacter, cliquer sur ce lien.







Sufi festival on Sat 4th May

I would like to thank Latifa whom I met at a CIOL event last year for organising this promising Festival


I have very Limited knowledge of Sufi art and culture and this sounds like a wonderful introduction


If like me you are curious please click on this link to discover more and book your day




Music & Poetry: Haydn Seven Last Words,

in support of The Samaritans - 13-15 April 19


Haydn's wonderful Seven Last Words with Christopher Kent alongside the celebrated Bridge String Quartet will be performed over Palm Sunday weekend, 13-15 April in Chiswick, Bloomsbury and Barnes, with all proceeds going to The Samaritans.


I hope you can make it. See below for all the details.



The work was commissioned in 1786 by the Bishop of Cádiz and we're aiming to recreate the atmosphere of the original performance by interlacing Haydn's timeless, soul-searching music with readings by me of classic and contemporary secular poetry, including works by Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver, Philip Larkin and others.

It is a privilege to be working again with the superb Bridge Quartet, an internationally celebrated ensemble with a discography of over 50 recordings. I collaborated with them a couple of times last year and their playing is absolutely beautiful. These will be moving and memorable events - please do join us if you can.

Tickets are £10 online in advance or £15 on the door with all proceeds to the Samaritans.


Saturday April 13th 6pm St Michael & All Angels, Bedford Park, Chiswick W4 1TT. Click here for booking your ticket


Sunday April 14th 7.30pm Jazz Room, The Bulls Head, Barnes SW13 9PY. Click here for booking your ticket


Monday April 15th 6pm Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, WC2H 8EP. Click here to book your ticket










The Tell-Tale Heart at the National Theatre


A new play by Anthony Neilson based on the short story by Edgar Allan Poe


Performed in the intimacy of the Dorfman Theatre at the NT, the rewriting and re-actualising of the Poe story is even more frightening than the original short story.

It only started on Wednesday 13th December 18, so there is still time to go and see it.


And if you want to be reminded of the story, you can listen to the recording I made of Joe  Herzfeld performance a few years ago.


Please click here to listen to his reading