13 juin 2021

A virtual trip in the mountains with Henry McKEE



Join us on 16 June for our next online meeting as Henry McKee takes us on a virtual trip in the mountains                                                        

Just as important as English climbers in Switzerland is the role of English, Scottish and Irish mountaineers in France and in particular the French Alps. This talk covers the romantic poets visiting Chamonix in the 18th century through to the "tigers" who surprised the French climbing world between the 1950s and now. We touch on the Irish pioneer from County Carlow who, in 1861, first described the effects of greenhouse gases on global warming and the Scotsman who was the first to study the science of glaciers.

16 mai 2021

A Cobber's Echo and a Virtual Picnic

 Chers Amis,

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast, in our new virtual format, will take place on mercredi 19 mai 2021 à 19h30 online as a Zoom meeting

(The Link will be emailed to MEMBERS ONLY* on mercredi 19 mai 2021 )

Topic: A Cobber’s Echo: Peter CORLETT

Speaker: Felicity JORY

A talk exploring how experiences at the Battles of Fromelles and Bullecourt shaped Digger legacies, and the effects these have had on Contemporary Australian Art with reference to Peter Corlett’s sculptures ‘Cobbers’ and ‘The Bullecourt Digger’.


*Please note: This event is free for paid-up members of the Cercle français de Belfast. Guests are always welcome, for a small fee of £5 to be paid before the event (send us an email for further details). The Zoom link will be sent to members and registered guests on the morning of 19th May.

Don't forget …


Virtual Picnic by Zoom

on Saturday 22nd May 2021 at 2pm till 3pm

(The Link will be emailed to MEMBERS ONLY* on mercredi 22 mai 2021 )


Sadly, due to the ongoing Covid restrictions the CFB picnic cannot be held as a public gathering in Wallace Park Lisburn as we had planned in our original 2020-2021 programme. Instead, we propose a short virtual picnic by Zoom on Saturday 22nd May 2021 at 2pm till 3pm. 
Looking forward to seeing you on 19th and 22nd May.

Prenez soin de vous et de vos proches,

À bientôt, 

Philip


03 mai 2021

Seamus McKeown


Nous avons la grande tristesse de vous informer du décès, à l'hôpital, de notre ami et collègue Seamus McKeown. 

Seamus était un conférencier beaucoup apprecié par nous tous pour sa sagesse, son humour et sa gentillesse.  Nous perdons un homme bien aimé par tous ceux qui le connaissaient.

Nos pensées sont avec sa famille, son épouse Claudine et son fils Kevin.  Nous les passons nos plus sincères condoléances. 


We are very sad to inform you of the death, in hospital, of our friend and colleague Seamus McKeown.  

Seamus was a much appreciated by us all for his wisdom, his humour and his kindness. We lose a man much loved by those who knew him. 

Our thoughts are with his family; his wife Claudine and son Kevin. We offer them our sincere condolences. 


The Committee and members of 

Le Cercle français de Belfast


26 avril 2021

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Chers Amis,
The next meeting of the Cercle français de Belfast, in our new virtual format, will take place on mercredi 28 avril 2021 à 19h30 online as a Zoom meeting*

Topic: Eleanor of Aquitaine
Speaker: Rachel TRACEY

Rachel looks to one of her favourite characters from the High Middle Ages and reflects on the long and turbulent life of Eleanor, Queen consort of France and England. A remarkable story, of a 12th century power player, mother of kings and queens, that continues to resonate in modern culture through many books, dramas and film.
Looking forward to seeing you on 28th April.
Prenez soin de vous et de vos proches,
À bientôt, Philip

*Please note: The event is free for paid-up members of the Cercle français de Belfast. Guests are always welcome, for a small fee of £5 to be paid before the event (send us an email for further details). The Zoom link will be sent to members and registered guests on the morning of 28th April.

16 avril 2021

Franco-Irish Literary Festival 2021

 Chers Membres,

If, like me, you forgot that the Franco-Irish Literary Festival is taking place online right now here is your chance to catch up and join in. The email below, which dropped into the Cercle inbox this morning, contains information and links which should help.

So far I have tried only the first link (“replay the show”) and it works. 

Have fun exploring and 'bon festival'.

À bientôt, Philip


Franco-Irish Literary Festival 2021:
Making A Better World / Refaire le monde

16 & 17 April – Live on Facebook

After last night's amazing performance including songs and readings (replay the show here), the  Franco-Irish Literary Festival main events will take place live on Facebook today and tomorrow with panel discussionsreadings, and interviews.

The 21st edition's theme is Making A Better World / Refaire le Monde , allowing discussions to focus on new ecological and environmental approaches in LiteratureProminent guests include documentarist and former Minister for the Environment Nicolas Hulot, poet Michael Longley, journalist Aymeric Caron, writers Sara BaumeNatacha Kanapé FontaineÉilís Ní Dhuibhne and 2020 Prix Femina recipient Serge Joncour, vocalist Síobhra Quinlan, and many, many more!

All events are presented in English and French with simultaneous English subtitles. The Festival is, as usual, free of charge and open to everyone (please note that a Facebook account is not required to attend).

Organised by Alliance Française Dublin and the French Embassy.

12 avril 2021

L'Écriture inclusive

Bonjour à toustes!
We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Wednesday 14 April at 19:30. Join us for a talk, quiz and interactive discussion on inclusive writing (l’écriture inclusive). If you’ve never heard of it, come and find out what it’s all about. If you have, tell us what you think. The evening will be in French & English.

The event is free for paid-up members of the Cercle français de Belfast. Guests are always welcome, for a small fee of £5 to be paid before the event (send us an email for further details). The Zoom link will be sent to members and registered guests on the morning of 14 April.

For those of you who’d like to find out a bit more in advance, here’s a little something to get you started. Do as much or as little prep as you like:

WATCH these two videos (5 mins):

In French: C'est quoi l'écriture inclusive ? - 1 jour, 1 question - YouTube

In English (CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE): What's Up France - #11 - Inclusive Writing – YouTube

Au plaisir de vous retrouver nombreux·ses le 14 avril !

Allison, Douglas & Marie




21 mars 2021

Renaissance mystery with Ray LARGAN

The next meeting of le Cercle virtuel is on Wednesday 24 March when Ray explores the mysterious death of King Henry II in a jousting contest.  This is an area that Ray is fascinated with and he'll reflect upon whether Henry's death by Gabriel Montgomery was an accident or murder?

And what of the subsequent consequences?

Intrigued?

You will be!

If you've got your link we'll see you on Zoom.

À très bientôt !


11 mars 2021

Edna O'Brien awarded France's highest cultural distinction

Chers Membres, 
On Sunday last (7th March) the celebrated Irish author Edna O'Brien was awarded France's highest cultural award … Commandeur, Ordre des Arts et Lettres. The ceremony, with contributions from Mrs Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, France; the writer Colum McCann and the actor Gabriel Byrne took place online and was broadcast on the Le Cercle Littéraire website. For the next thirty days the event can be viewed on Le Cercle Littéraire's YouTube channel at …..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weZFZedDr8k

I understand that Le Cercle Littéraire is organising another free event in April - Irish writers living in Paris. If I can source any further information on this I shall circulate it to you nearer the time.

Prenez soin de vous et de vos proches,

À bientôt,

Philip 

15 février 2021

Le Salon de l'Auto

 Chers Amis

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast, in our new virtual format, will take place on 

mercredi 17 février 2021 à 19h30 online as a Zoom meeting

The Link will be emailed to MEMBERS ONLY* on mercredi 17 février 2021


Topic: Le Salon de l’Auto 

Speaker: Jonathan LYONS 

The biennial Paris motor show did not going ahead last October but Jonathan provides a historical retrospective on what has been the world’s biggest motor show. We know that many members were looking forward to this talk last year so here's another chance to get your engines revving.



Looking forward to seeing you on 17th February.

Prenez soin de vous et de vos proches,

À bientôt,

Philip


*Please note: While information about our events is circulated to everyone on our mailing list the links giving access to our Zoom meetings are only sent to members and to guests who have paid for one-off attendance (£5). For more information please contact cfbelfast@gmail.com.


11 janvier 2021

Nuit de la lecture 2021

Bonjour à toutes et à tous,

The Cercle français de Belfast is delighted to be taking part in its third Nuit de la lecture, an annual worldwide celebration of French language and literature organised by the French Ministry for Culture. 
Come and join us for two relaxed and informal afternoons of reading and discussion about French language and literature.

These free events are open to anyone who loves the French language, from beginner to advanced learners of French, as well as native speakers.

Event 1: Lectures à voix haute/Read it out loud    
Saturday 16 January 2021, 15:00-17:00.

Sit back, relax and listen as our members and friends read from a variety of well-known and original texts in French.  Join the discussion on a series of poems written by one of our members. Test your knowledge in our quotations quiz.


Event 2: Ma bibliothèque à moi/What’s on my bookshelf
Saturday 23 January 2021, 15:00-16:30.

Show us your bookshelf! This second event is an opportunity for all of us to join the discussion and talk (in French or in English) about French-language and French-interest books we’ve loved (or loathed).

You’ll have a few minutes in a Zoom break-out room to discuss your literary loves and hates, after which you’ll switch to a new group.



How to take part

If you are on our members and friends mailing list, you’ll receive the Zoom links for both events. If not, consider subscribing to the list.

For more information on the Nuit de la Lecture, please get in touch with me ℅ cfbelfast@gmail.com

Au plaisir de vous voir nombreux!


Allison




Allison Neill-Rabaux
Présidente
Cercle français de Belfast


01 janvier 2021

CfB Membership and 6 janvier 2021

 Chers Amis,

Despite these strange times, I hope that you have had, and are still enjoying, a lovely Christmas.

The next meeting of the Cercle Français de Belfast, in our new virtual format, will take place on ….

… mercredi 6 janvier 2021 à 19h.30 online as a Zoom meeting

(The Link will be emailed to MEMBERS ONLY* on 6 janvier 2021 )


Topic: Zoom live cook-in! 
     Speaker: Patricia HARDIMAN


What better way to celebrate Le Jour des Rois / L'Epiphanie than to learn how to make a frangipane ‘Galette des Rois’? Participate in this online course and learn all about the traditional recipe and how to bake your own frangipane cake. Now taste it! 


* PLEASE NOTE:  Starting January 2021, the meeting links will be sent to paid-up members only (as well as to guests who have paid for one-off attendance). The best way to have complete access to our very full 2021 programme (see tab above) is to be a member of The Cercle Français de Belfast. 

A big thank you to everyone who has already joined.

To be sure of not missing out subscribe or renew as soon as possible. 

Looking forward to seeing you on 6th January.

Bonne année. Prenez soin de vous et de vos proches,

À bientôt,

Philip