Friends of the Anglophone Library, 2014

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Friends of the Anglophone Library, 2014

Postby peter » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:12 am

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2014

Christmas party

We had a great Christmas party and we really want to thank all of you for

supporting Foal by buying tickets for our raffle. The money raised (342 euros)

has gone directly to buying new books which will soon be in the library. (list

out soon). We are already starting to think about prizes for this year so the raffle

will be even bigger and better ! We would also like to thank our kind hosts for

providing the venue and the lovely decorations which helped to make this such a

Upcoming events

We have quite a lot on the agenda

First, our famous Quiz which takes place on 28 February at the Martin Luther

King venue (27 Bvd Louis Blanc). Come at 6pm in time for a drink. Quiz starts

at 6.30pm. Please put 5 euros per person into a discrete envelope and hand it

in on arrival (the money goes towards expenses for the drinks and nibbles,

anything left over goes into the book budget).

Next we have been invited to an event which may be of interest to Foal

members. For several years now, schools in the region have set up debating

societies (in English, of course). The semi-finals and finals take place on April

11th at the CRDP (Allée de la Citadelle, near the Lycée Joffre) at 1.30pm

World Book Day on 6 March Unbeknownst to most people, World Book Day,

sponsored by Unesco, has existed for 17 years. I found out about it quite by

chance and thought it would be a good idea if Foal did something. (I have talked

to the Town Hall about this but it is too late for them to do anything this year).

Our nearest opening day is 12th March so on that day if you buy two books,

you get another one free. This will be a win-win situation, you get a free book

and Foal offloads books from our groaning permanent Book Sale shelves and

boxes ! Money raised goes straight into the book budget as does the money

from your subscriptions.

World War One commemoration event

I thought it would be a good idea for Foal to hold an event to commemorate

the start of WW1. I put the idea to our Events Director (Philippe Marchand),

and Katharine Claringbull and we have started working on an outline. At a

Foreign Residents’ Committee (of which I am a member and which gets me in

contact with Mairie people) meeting, I mentioned the project to the Mayoresse

who was extremely interested and directed me to the person in charge of the

commemoration events with whom I had a meeting. He actually suggested that

we hold the event in the Salle des Rencontres with the Town Hall providing

what they call a « pot de l’amitié » afterwards. This would definitely put Foal on

the map and be a big plus in our search for permanent premises.

Whatever the venue, the date for this event is 23rd May so you can pencil it

into your diaries. The event would take the form of a series of vignettes relating

to the war, a quiz, WW1 songs by the Ochoeur group, a slide show…… More

Comédie du Livre

For the 29th edition of the Comédie du Livre, literary

festival, to be held on 23rd, 24th and 25th May 2014,

the City of Montpellier has decided to pay tribute to

Contemporary Nordic literature

During the three day event, some thirty Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and

Finnish will be taking part in a very rich programme of meetings, round tables and

We are very fond of Jo Nesbo and were hoping he would be among the authors,

unfortunately he is not but it might be possible to have a breakfast meeting with

one of the authors as we did a couple of years ago. Will keep you informed.

10 Best books of the decade

The Brief, Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Known World by Edward P Jones

The Corrections byJonathan Franzen

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

 Thanks to the determination of Art Fell, the above titles will soon be available

alongside FOAL’s existing collection of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th

also have other books by most of these authors in the library

Website friendsoftheanglophonelibrary.com

e-mail foal@dbmail.com
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Re: Friends of the Anglophone Library, 2014

Postby peter » Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:50 pm

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NEWSLETTER MARCH 2014


Great fun was had by all last Friday 28th February at the Book Quiz, due to the excellent work and organisation of Philippe Marchand and Katharine and Philip Claringbull and the very enthusiastic audience who had much enjoyment answering the questions. Roll on next year !

Upcoming events

First on the agenda a special Book Sale on 12th March, the closest opening day to the 6 March World Book Day. So on the 12th if you buy two books, you get another one free. As you know, any money raised goes straight into the book budget.

The next event which should be of interest to many Foal members are the semi-finals and finals of the schools debating societies (in English, of course) which take place on April 11th at the CRDP (Allée de la Citadelle, near the Lycée Joffre) starting at 1.30pm.

Now for our big event : the WW1 Commemoration to be held on 23rd May at 6.30pm at the Salle des Rencontres in the new Town Hall. Your president has been able to negotiate this venue and also what is called « un verre de l’amitié » (in other words drinks and nibbles) provided by the Town Hall itself. We are hoping for a big turnout, well beyond just Foal and supporters.
We are currently working on content but just to give you an idea the event will take the form of readings, poems, songs and photos to commemorate the Great War.
I am hoping that holding the event at the Town Hall and the interest that has been shown by various councillors as well as the mayor will really put our association on the map and in a strong position for permanent premises. At any rate, that has been my guiding principle in the efforts I have made to organise this.


Although official Spring is not quite here yet, I am sure we all have Spring in our hearts and I know we all have a spring in our step !







Information from the American Women’s Group

On 3 and 4 April, at Domaine d'O, the Compagnie Sur l'air de rien will present a selection of songs by Trenet, Mireille, Prévert, Cocteau, and others which may have been forgotten but are still very closely related to today's issues.  These are songs which, in the 1930's, at the debut of jazz, radio and "talkies" in the cinema, had all France singing.  It is a repertory you will not forget.  AWG can get a group rate (8 euros per ticket) for the evening of Thursday, 3 April, at 20h.  RSVP by 24 March to Maggie at mspalu@wanadoo.fr.
The show will be at the smaller Théâtre d'O, Entrée Sud du Domaine d'O, tram stop Château d'O on the blue line, and will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
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Re: Friends of the Anglophone Library, 2014

Postby peter » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:14 am

NEWSLETTER APRIL 2014



• Some sad news to begin with. We have been obliged to cancel our World War 1 event for various reasons, one being that the Salle des Rencontres at City Hall was not suitable for our purposes. I was hoping the event would really put us on the map as far as City Hall is concerned. With the cancellation and the change of Mayor and his team, I shall have to start over again on the front of applying for premises but I shall pursue tenaciously as is my wont.

• New address website : our provider no longer hosting us for free, we have changed the address of the website which is now : foal34.free.fr

• Readership Survey : a survey of regular readers has shown that they are satisfied with frequency and choice of books. We shall be ordering new books soon, to be in the library before the summer break.
Many thanks to Art and Phil Marchand for leading the

• Foire aux Associations : we will have a FOAL stand this year. The Foire aux Associations will be on Sunday 14th September and we will be sending out a call for volunteers to man the stand nearer the time.

• We wanted to change venues for a picnic in June but found nothing suitable. However, one Domaine we were able to contact suggested the following meal on Sunday 25th of Mayat the Domaine de Saumarez. Kick off is at noon with an aperitif, then there is a meal which consists of brasucade de moules, mechouis d'agneau, camambert à la braise, mignardise et café. Wines are available at cellar door prices . 25 euros for the meal. You can visit the site for details of how to get there, 10 kilometres from Montpellier.

• Annual General Meeting : to be held on 12th June at 6pm at Martin Luther King. As usual, Foal will be providing drinks and nibbles afterwards. We do hope lots of members will attend. It is a nice way to get together mid year.

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Re: Friends of the Anglophone Library, 2014

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I have made an effort to reduce the book reviews to a manageable size! Attached reviews for the new books which will be in the library probably early June for summer reading

FOAL BOOK ORDER MAY 2014
There was no single book which really gripped us this time and which made us say « we really must buy this ». However, I hope you will find this an interesting selection which will enable you to enjoy your summer reading. The books should be in the library by the end of May or early June.

NON FICTION
A Tale in Two Cities Brian Unwin
It was a good idea to devote a book to Fanny Burney and Adèle de Boigne who were so different in background and character yet have so much in common. Fanny Burney was by nearly 30 years the older; Adèle de Boigne sprang from a far more aristocratic background. So far as is known the two women never met, but they were preoccupied by the same issues, to some extent witnessed the same events, and recorded what they saw or heard with meticulous care and in vivid detail. Fanny Burney was already established as a novelist but had little of great moment to include in her diaries until the time when she found herself swept into the royal circle as Second Keeper of the Robes to Queen Charlotte. She was a reluctant courtier and was happy to escape after five years, but those years yielded a vivid picture of life at court and of the descent into insanity of the unfortunate King George III. The Comtesse de Boigne’s life was more exotic. She spent much of her childhood at the French court, fled France to escape the Terror, and at the age of 17 married General de Boigne, more than 30 years her senior and extremely rich. Most of the rest of her life was spent in Paris, mixing with all that was most glamorous in the worlds of literature and politics. She was intimately involved in the events leading up to the July revolution and remained close to Louis-Philippe, Duc d’Orléans, after he was crowned King of the French.

Trials of Passion Lisa Appignanesi
Crimes of passion become gripping case studies in this enthralling, gruesome history of 19th-century women. Appignanesi has previously published an absorbing study of what people once called “mind doctors”. In Trials of Passion, its follow-up, she examines the effect of the new science of psychiatry on the judgments passed in criminal courts between 1870 and 1914. Enthrallingly narrated, Appignanesi’s book compels with its gruesome subject matter and delights with a wealth of bizarre detail.
Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England Roy & Lesley Adkins PB
Roy and Lesley Adkins's latest book is a beautifully-written compendium of facts, tales and anecdotes about England during Jane Austen's lifetime. However, Eavesdropping on Jane Austen's England (also published in the US as Jane Austen's England) reveals how difficult – and to modern sensibilities, disgusting – the era was for most women, compared to the cosy upper-middle class existence enjoyed by the novelist. The Adkins transform their reader into a Georgian eavesdropper, overhearing snippets of talk from inside people's homes as they walk close by overhanging roofs, the eaves, sheltering from inclement weather. Roy and Lesley Adkins paint the realities of life, following Georgians inside their homes, to the theatre, even on to their chamber pots.
Eavesdropping is not for those of a squeamish disposition. Roy and Lesley Adkins shatter the idyllic image of Jane Austen's era presented in costume dramas. On her way to the Assembly Rooms in Bath Jane Austen would have seen from her carriage window, not cherubic urchins and handsome gentlemen, but 'the nasty practise of easing nature on the pavement in almost every corner,' and the 'contents of chamber pots' hurled into the street.

The Broken Road Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Broken Road is based partly on a diary that was returned to Leigh Fermor in 1965. So instead of writing what the editors call "memory-spurred recreations", we see the older man trying to guess what his younger self did or why he did it. There is also retrospective comment on Europe between the wars from an author who knows that the rise of the Nazis and the coming cold war are about to transform the lives of most people he meets.
Leigh Fermor completed his physical journey in Istanbul on the last day of 1934, then continued to the monasteries of Mount Athos in Greece. The literary journey concludes without reaching its goal, hence the book's title. The editors have included sketchy diary entries for Istanbul and more fully written descriptions of Mount Athos, although Leigh Fermor was not convinced about putting them in his story, and with good reason.The bulk of The Broken Road was written 30 years after the journey. I am reading it 50 years after it was first put down. While it is not the literary masterpiece it might have been had Leigh Fermor been able to work his magic, it captures the joy of the open road, the fresh view he gives of Europe as it began to show the stresses that led to world war, and the glimpses of a long-lost life and innocence.


FICTION
The Strangler Vine MJ Carter
Mysore, once the capital of a princely kingdom in South India, has lost its lustre. In Mahesh Rao’s darkly comic novel, grandiose futuristic visions are being floated: in a city desperate to reinvent itself for today’s brave new world, ancient temples and palaces are no longer enough. With India’s space programme about to send a man to the moon, Mysore must make its own giant leap. All hopes are pinned on what is destined to be a global tourist attraction: HeritageLand, planned as Asia’s largest theme park (think Mughal Waterworld — the Disneyland of south India!) And Mysore needs a new marketing slogan — ‘The Geneva of the East?’  suggests a desperate PR person. Well, at least there’s a lake. While local government officials pull strings, line pockets and bully those they can in the cause of the great transformation, everyday life goes on. The city itself is a leading character: security-protected enclave and suede-panelled restaurant for the affluent; nightspots for cool youth; down-market coffee houses for office workers, slums clinging like barnacles to the respectable rim of town. Further out are the fields where farmers scrape a living off land about to be snatched away from them in the name of progress. Opulence and quiet desperation in tandem.

The Last Word Hanif Kureishi
In The Last Word, Harry Johnson, a young biographer, is hired to write a life of Mamoon Azam, a giant of postcolonial literature who, after the death of his first wife, now lives in Somerset with Liana, his striking younger new wife. Around the diverting games of I-spy-Naipaul in The Last Word, the novel also contains deeper reflections on the businesses of writing, reading and biography, and their fate in what may be a post-literary culture. Although the magnificent comic monster of Mamoon provides much of the book's pleasure, it is finally as significant for what it is about as for whom it might concern. There are lengthy stretches in The Last Word in which the reader starts to think that the 2014 Man Booker prize judges, if they can find space for an English writer among the threatened American influx, should look no further than Kureishi
Mrs Hemingway Naomi Wood
This is a wonderful book: carefully written, richly imagined and emotionally wise. Scraps of dialogue from biographies and quotations from letters and telegrams are fused imaginatively to create a seamless narrative documenting the waxing and waning of Hemingway’s affections, and the interior lives of those he loved. Even the well-known details of Hemingway’s life are made fresh, given a new significance. Hemingway used to say that literature was produced by “inventing truly from honestly acquired knowledge, so that what you make up is truer than what you might remember”. Mrs Hemingway feels truer than most of the biographies, and more real than many novels. Wood’s method is an effective way of getting to grips with the central enigma: Hemingway himself, a man tortured by masculinity. But it is also a sensitive and moving evocation of those women he depended on, who his life often overshadowed.
Three Brothers Peter Ackroyd
Peter Ackroyd is an English biographer, novelist, and critic with a particular interest in the history and culture of London. If you are going to read a novel that plays with literary conventions you want it written with aplomb. In Three Brothers we are not disappointed, as Peter Ackroyd shows a deftness of touch that comes from being a real master. Here his theme is families. Or rather, it is London. Or rather, it is the use of coincidence as a plot device. In fact it is all three, but perhaps the most important is coincidence. Clearly Ackroyd’s interest in London’s often hidden history is important, and the ghosts of lost souls and lost buildings exist almost as a constant, and often unexplained, background noise throughout the novel. All of that might suggest a highly self-conscious plundering of literary and material history. So it should. But Ackroyd never forgets that the primary purpose of a novel is not to show off the writer’s clever use of literary theory. It is to tell a great story, and in Three Brothers this is what he does.
Still Life with Breadcrumbs Anna Quindlen
There comes a moment in every novelist’s career when she sloughs off the weight of the past — the conventions and obsessions, the stylistic fallbacks and linguistic tics, the influence of early masters — and ventures into new territory, breaking free into a marriage of tone and style, of plot and characterization, that’s utterly her own. Anna Quindlen’s marvelous romantic comedy of manners is just such a book. In “Still Life With Bread Crumbs,” Quindlen achieves something distinctive, a feminist novel for a post-feminist age. Here she takes up a subject too rarely seen in contemporary fiction: the life of a woman who would once have been characterized as “of a certain age.” At 60, Quindlen’s complicated heroine, Rebecca Winter, is strong of body and mind, much less so of heart and bank account. In her new novel — a comedy in the style of Austen rather than a tragedy in that of McCarthy — she ultimately offers her heroine a life that amounts to much, a way to save both herself and someone else. In doing so, Quindlen has delivered a novel that will have staying power all its own.
The Cold Song Linn Ullmann
Although a vicious crime serves as the grain of sand around which this pearl of a novel is formed, Linn Ullmann’s “The Cold Song” is not a crime story. Little concerned with villain, motives or detection of evidence, it doesn’t aim for a solution, for redemption or justice. Yet the novel — Ullmann’s fifth, translated from Norwegian by Barbara J. Haveland — is steeped in dread the way a fruitcake is steeped in rum: Every page, every line, seems to glisten with vapors of sumptuous, intoxicating unease. Ullmann’s voice on the page is a lean, tough-minded thing, scrubbed and scoured of sentimentality straight through to the final, Carveresque pages, in which she pulls off an 11th-hour radiance, a tonal shift from minor to major key. The novel’s charm lies in these idiosyncratic glints, these glimmers of queer wit, uncensored scorn or sudden, unstinting sympathy. The author’s parents are Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman, legendary artists of theater and film

The Lie Helen Dunmore PB
The Lie, is a continuation of the theme of a landscape still scarred, like its inhabitants, by the war, though the story begins this time in 1920, in the wake of the first world war. While The Lie may be the first of many literary reimaginings of that conflict in this centenary year, it will undoubtedly prove one of the most subtle and enduring. The Lie is a quiet tragedy, the story of how those long shadows can stretch out and finally engulf the survivors. Daniel Branwell has returned to his native Cornwall from France, while many of his comrades have not, including his boyhood friend and commanding officer, Frederick Dennis. Daniel knows he is supposed to be one of the lucky ones – "Ex-servicemen are selling matches, dusters and fretwork boxes all over London, door to door and on street corners." He comes back to a village full of absences and the news that his mother is dead and he is homeless. Mary Pascoe, an elderly recluse, allows him to build a shelter and scratch a rudimentary living from her land. But when the old woman falls ill, she makes Daniel promise to spare her the indignity of doctors and the prospect of dying in the poorhouse. So begins the small lie that spreads like a slow stain through Daniel's attempt to reconnect with life after the trenches.

The Stories Jane Gardam
(We don’t usually go in for short stories but we enjoyed « The Old Filth » trilogy so much we thought we couldn’t miss out on some more beautiful writing from Jane Gardam)
Sly, sharp and mischievous, in these stories Gardam chooses precisely society's quietest and most overlooked characters – the old and shy and sheepish, conservative wives, stay-athome mothers and impoverished excolonials, dwellers in cottages and suburban villas – to explore the fiercest passions. She has an extraordinary ability to enter the interior of the long-lived mind and to illuminate history through it; she is particularly fine on that strain of Englishness trained to repress and conceal emotion, and she entitles the most marginal of figures to love, and to beauty. Gardam has a remarkable economic vividness as a writer, shown to particular effect in this compact form: she also has a gift for placing beauty on the page and imbuing it with emotion, from "the skyhigh curtain-drops of glittering lights" of Hong Kong by night in the story out of which her prizewinning Old Filth trilogy grew, to the windswept Irish beach where a worn-out mother yearns for lost love. It is Gardam's gift for the ecstatic, for showing us what a place of wonders is the world and the hearts that dwell in it, that endows this collection with a dangerous and formidable energy, richer and more concentrated than any novel. She gives us miracle heaped upon miracle, and insists that they should each one be handled with care.
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Re: Friends of the Anglophone Library, 2014

Postby peter » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:10 pm

SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2 014




FOAL held its AGM on June 12th with a rather disappointing turnout but better than some.
Vicki gave an overview of the past year ; the Christmas party and Raffle were very successful, as was the annual Book Quiz. The search for premises is ongoing (City Hall has had our dossier for two years now and they receive regular reminders about our situation). We will be addressing the question of a move from the Claringbull’s in the autumn. We will never be able to thank them enough for their generosity and patience. In this week’s Gazette, there is a snippet about premises for associations, some of which, apparently, are put to uses for which they are not intended (gaming, drugs and even brothels !!). The new Mayor is going to look into this and put things in order. Logically, this should free up some premises. In my next reminder, I shall assure them that we have no intention of setting up anything but a library !
The Foal website has changed its name to foal34.free.fr as we had to change hosts.
We did quite a lot of advertising in the autumn but until we have permanent premises we are in a chicken and egg situation. We cannot augment the collection (apart from new books) due to lack of space or increase our opening hours or advertise Book Sales so it’s rather difficult to seek too many new members.
FOAL received a grant from City Hall again this year (500 euros) we will be ordering new books soon for « la rentrée ».
We collected the 10 best books of the first decade, thanks to the efforts of Philippe Marchand and Art Fell.
Philip Claringbull’s Treasurer’s Report shows that our financial situation is healthy, we have quite a lot of money in the bank which we are husbanding so that we will be able to afford shelves and other expenses when we move to permanent premises.
A Fundraising Committee was set up in the spring. They hope to raise significant funds. These would be used for premises and the Physical Library as a priority but the idea of a Digital Library was mooted which could either become an addition to the Physical Library or set up as a sister association.
FOAL will be present at the Foire aux Associations this year on the 14th September, our stand will be on the Place du Nombre d’Or, you might like to drop in to support the team who will be there plugging our library.
Christmas Party : to be held on Friday 12 December at the Claringbull’s. Given the success of the party last year, we might be obliged to restrict numbers. We will hold a Raffle again which enabled us to raise a goodly sum last year and is a fun way to support the library, (tickets on sale in the library from November and on the day itself). If anyone would like to contribute a prize, send an email to foal@dbmail.com



HAVE A GREAT SUMMER, if attendence at the library last week is anything to go by, you will have lots of good reading to be getting on with. One more opening before the summer break on Wednesday 30th July
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Vicki Metherell (Chair “Friends of the Anglophone Library”)

Our small English-language library is currently looking for free premises in Montpellier. We require a 30-40 square meter locale from the beginning of 2015.
Contact foal@dbmail.com or phone 0467720039
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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2014

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I hope you are all safely back from your holidays and ready to come to the library to have a look at the new books which arrived at the end of September.

There is quite a lot of news, the grant money from the City Hall arrived.
Foal had a successful day at the Foire aux Associations with nearly 50 people signing up to ask for information. Many thanks to those who staffed the stand, it is a tiring business.




We have decided to harmonise the dues over the coming year so that by 2016 everyone will be paying at the beginning of January.

The biggest piece of news, however, is that we shall be leaving our present location some time in January. Currently, we have a fallback solution and one or two leads. It would be good if all members could ask around. We need between 30-40 square metres and we do not have the funds to pay rent. I suggest you put up signs in likely places. (One of the leads we have is thanks to just such a sign which I am sending as an attachment). Although we have had a grant application at City Hall for over two years, nothing has come of it yet, at the moment, they are doing an audit of all premises for associations and there is no date for the next meeting of the Commission.

UPCOMING EVENTS

28 November: Literary Conference open to the public, organised by the AWGLR and Bookshop

Janet Tessier du Cros, a scotswoman who lived in the South of France, has published her memoirs about World War II in the mid 1950s. Since the south wasn’t strictly speaking occupied territory and there have not been written as many books about this regions during WW2, this book gives us a unique perspective on the difficult time she and her children traversed. Her son, Mr. Tessier du Cros will be coming to speak about the book, his mother and the war, we will then have somebody read some fragments and hopefully have some demonstration of Scottish dancing too. Wine and beverages will be served, as well as sundry items. 
Espace Martin Luther King 27 Bd Louis Blanc Time: 5-9pm 

Tuesday 9th or Wednesday 10th December at the Theatre Jean-Claude Carrière at 8pm

I am hoping to get a few seats for this event at the Domaine d’O. Will keep you informed, but they are fully booked and my contact there is doing his best

SMASHED By Gandini Juggling
What class, what elegance ! Wearing dark suits and sober little dresses, these 9 jugglers/actors/dancers pay tribute to Pina Bausch and her legendary Tanztheater.
With extraordinary precise juggling and exceptional dancing, the troupe produces sepia images, vague souvenirs of 1940s London, all slightly offbeat thanks to their devastating humour. You will be amazed by the fabulous energy of these out of the ordinary Brits.



12th December : Foal’s Christmas party, held at the Claringbulls to whom many thanks for allowing us to hold the party there. Foal will be providing the drinks, members are asked to bring along finger food. We are organising a RAFFLE again with lots of wonderful prizes. The raffle is a way for us to raise money and tickets will be on sale at the library from the 22nd October and on the day of the party. (1€ each, 10 for 8 €)

23rd January : Our famous literary quiz we are waiting to have the room at Martin Luther King confirmed, you will be informed in good time.
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NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2014




Christmas party and raffle
The party is on the 12th December at 2 Place de la Chapelle Neuve. Foal members will bring finger food . Foal will provide the drinks. Please send an email to Katharine Claringbull to let her know if you will be attending and whether you will be bringing sweet or savory. kath1977@gmail.com Spouses welcome too as usual.
We are organising a raffle again this year, you know it is a way for Foal to raise funds and for members to show their support for our association. The prizes are jolly good again this year and we shall also be auctioning a « work of art »
Why not buy tickets for friends too, a lot of people, even if they are not members would be happy to support our library.
Here are the prizes to date :

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE


FOAL board members are providing the prizes for the raffle

Voucher for 50 euros for a meal at the Grillardin
Voucher from Sauramps for 30 euros
An abstract painting
A two-bottle « coffret » of wine from the Domaine La Croix Chaptal
Voucher for 20 euros from the Bookshop
A hamper of goodies from the Fou d’anglais
Voucher from Sauramps for 20 euros
Voucher for 15 euros from the Créperie Kreisler (3 passage Bruyas) to be redeemed before 31/12
Two books about gardening in the Mediterranean
Another two bottles of wine
A cookbook to make delicious breakfasts
Voucher for a dish at the Beehive
A cookbook for recipes with mini-casseroles
Voucher from Botanic
Bottle of red wine : la cuvée M
A book about Provencal desserts
A cookbook about tarts and salads
Glass and cheese markers
A scented candle
Tickets 1 euro and 10 for 8 euros



Book Quiz
Our famous quiz will be held on 23rd January at Martin Luther King, 27 Bd Louis Blanc. As usual, drinks and nibbles will be provided, if you arrive at 5.30 for the start at 6pm, you will be able to have a drink beforehand. Please put 5 euros in an envelope to be handed in at the welcome desk.

Divided Loyalties
Just a reminder about this event on 28th November at Martin Luther King at 6pm (doors open at 5.30pm) Drinks and nibbles will be provided. This literary conference is organised by the AWGLR and the Bookshop.

Move from Place de la Chapelle Neuve
The library will be leaving Place de la Chapelle Neuve mid January. We are still not quite sure of the venue but the library should be up and running again by the end of January. We will probably be open two or three days in January so that you can take out as many books as you want to tide you over. News from City Hall is that they are doing an audit of all associative premises with a view to freeing up premises for more worthy causes than some for which they have been used. The Foal dossier is well known there so we need to keep our fingers crossed. (the audit was supposed to have been handed in at the beginning of October but it has not arrived yet !!)
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Re: Friends of the Anglophone Library, 2014

Postby peter » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:08 am

Please note that the Divided Loyalties Event venue has been changed to the following address:


La Maison des Relations Internationales
14 rue Descente en Barrat
(au bout de l'esplanade Charles de Gaulle)
34000 Montpellier


Reason for change: Sound system and power point equipment was not functional in the previous room.
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Re: Friends of the Anglophone Library, 2014

Postby peter » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:17 pm

FOAL, the Friends of the Anglophone Library of Montpellier, will present its annual Book Quiz on Friday 23rd January 2015 at Espace Martin Luther King (27 Bd Louis Blanc Montpellier). You may join in this popular quiz which pits bibliophiles in three teams to come up with answers to questions about a wide range of well-known books. This open event welcomes all members of the Montpellier English-speaking community. The evening starts at 5.30pm.

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Re: Friends of the Anglophone Library, 2014

Postby peter » Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:16 pm

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER

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CHRISTMAS PARTY

Our Christmas party is becoming more and more popular. We had a great party

again this year and we really want to thank all of you for supporting Foal by

buying tickets for our raffle. We would also like to thank our kind hosts for

providing the venue and the lovely decorations which helped to make this such a

festive event. And we thank them again for their generosity in housing the

library for two and a half years.

The food you brought was great, we seem to have quite a few cordons bleus in

Message from Phil and Katharine Claringbull

Katharine and Philip Claringbull have been very happy to host FOAL in their apartment and

have enjoyed the experience of having the library in their home. They would like to thank

Vicki, and the FOAL membership, for the beautiful gift of flowers they received. 

NEWS ABOUT THE MOVE AND NEW VENUE

As you know, we shall be moving from Place de la Chapelle Neuve on 17th

January. One of our members, Glynis Thomas, has kindly offered to host the

library. If you wish to know the exact location, send an email to

foal@dbmail.com

The schedule for the first 6 months of 2015 will come out at the beginning of

January, there will be a slight hiatus in January because of the move but by

February we shall be back to our normal schedule (1st Saturday and 2nd and 4th

Wednesday of each month). Meanwhile, we have two dates in January at Place

de la Chapelle Neuve ; Saturday 3rd January (10-12.30am) and Monday 5th

January (3-6pm). This should enable you to take out a few books to tide you

The 2014 Man Booker prize « The narrow road to the deep north » by Richard

Flanagen has been kindly donated

Don’t forget our famous quiz night on 23rd January. Doors open at 5.30 at

Martin Luther King

I am in regular contact with City Hall, as of 8th December, the audit of premises

for associations which they had commissioned and which was due at the

beginning of October, has still not been handed in !! In my first application, I

was advised to ask for premises with shelves included. I thought this might be a

handicap so I have informed them that we can bring our own shelves, all we

need is a large room which we can equip ourselves.
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