Tristes nouvelles : Anne Taylor. April 1932 - February 2019



It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of our friend and colleague, Anne Taylor on her recent trip to Dublin.  Anne died suddenly, shortly after returning to her hotel following a meeting at the James Joyce Centre there.

Anne organised and led frequent tours in the footsteps of Joyce and his characters.  Her enthusiasm for the author was plain to see when she gave an erudite and delightful talk to the Cercle in 2016, entitled, James Joyce is alive and well and living in Paris.  We had encouraged members to contribute to the atmosphere of the talk by coming dressed in period style.  Anne outshone us all with her elegant attire and feathered headdress.  It was a treat.

She would later reprise the talk at the James Joyce Centre, Dublin and at an event in Lurgan, this time bringing along a period chair to add a supportive touch of gravitas.  Although an acknowledged expert on Joyce, Anne was also passionate about literature and books.  She read widely and among other writers had a special interest in Simone de Beauvoir.  It was thanks to that interest that she agreed to give our upcoming March talk on Feminism in France: Before and after de Beauvoir.  She had planned, using examples from the literary and political spheres, to take a light-hearted look at the position of women in France, from the sans-culottes to the present day.  She had shared her ideas with our présidente, Allison, who reports that Anne had travelled to France last summer to gather pictures and anecdotes about de Beauvoir.  Philip, who worked closely with Anne on her multimedia presentations, additionally noted that Anne was going to mention Room 10a in the Hôtel la Louisiane, where Simone de Beauvoir (along with many other French writers) stayed.  It was also the hotel in which Anne stayed on her visits to Paris.  “What a pity,” commented Allison,”we’ll never get to hear that talk in all its glory!”

The committee plans to proceed with the meeting scheduled for 13 March as a testimonial to Anne.  It will take place in the recently opened Orpheus, close to the Dark Horse Café.  Plans for that special evening are still unfolding but the intention is to pay tribute, through anecdotes, literary readings and song to the energy and wit of such an exceptional person.


Elle n’est plus avec nous et elle nous manquera beaucoup.


CfB committee

Alexandre DUMAS: The Count and the Musketeer

Chers Amis,


Just a little reminder that our next meeting is on ….

Wednesday 27th February at 19h30 
in Dark Horse Coffee House, 
30-34, Hill Street Belfast BT1 2LB (Directions attached)
Topic ... Alexandre DUMAS: The Count and the Musketeer
Speaker ... Ray Largan

Ray explores two of Dumas Pere’s great works for evidence of how he, through the use of his pen, artistically avenged the taunts and racial slights which both he and his father, General Thomas Alexandre Dumas, suffered during their lives.

Cercle Français de Belfast's Cine Club.

Our soirées cinéma continue on ...
Sunday 3rd March
at 7:00pm in The Sunflower Pub, 65 Union Street, Belfast (Directions) ...
with a screening of the 2016 film …

Le Tout Nouveau Testement (English Subtitles)


In this quirky comedy God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter in present-day Brussels. She concludes that her dad is doing a terrible job and decides to rewrite the world.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael

Writers: Thomas Gunzig (scenario), Jaco Van Dormael (scenario) 

Stars: Pili GroyneBenoît PoelvoordeCatherine Deneuve


You can watch the trailer here … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsh_wFI0uMU


Looking forward to seeing you soon.


À bientôt, Philip

Nuit de la lecture - 19 janvier 2019


Un GRAND merci à tous ceux qui ont participé à la 3e Nuit de la lecture ! - Allison