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Christmas Craft Fair | 23/11/2022-23/12/2022 | All Day

Christmas Craft Fair

Starting on November 23rd the library will be selling crafts made and donated by volunteers and friends. Come and support this fundraiser while finding some great little original gifts for friends and relatives!


Coffee House | 02/12/2022 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is the last Coffee House before the summer break! Save the date of September 16th to kick off the new year of friendship and fun! Join the library community for a special moment to talk about anything and everything (in English of course!). Just come in and chat with others, have a cuppa and enjoy the company! Coffee House is free and open to all library members. No need to reserve! Donations welcome as always!


Knit and Natter | 02/12/2022 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Knit and Natter

Come along and bring your knitting,

Have a natter while you’re sitting,

Or learn to knit with wool provided,

Needles loaned and stitches guided.

Knitted garments are très chic,

So be in vogue and start this week.

Knit and Natter is a free activity, open to all library members. No need to reserve, just come and enjoy! If anyone has some extra yarn please bring it in.


Sean Gregory, published writer, to speak about his book “Three Graves” | 02/12/2022 | 10:00 am-11:00 am

Sean Gregory, published writer, to speak about his book "Three Graves"

Sean Gregory, published writer, will be in the library to speak about his book “Three Graves” with a talk entitled “No end to Anthony: Writing to the Past”.

When celebrated writer Anthony Burgess arrives in Manchester for a book signing, he encounters three spectres from his past. They refer to him as John Wilson, Our Jack, Mancunian lad and struggling composer. But is John Anthony Burgess Wilson in search of the real past or out to rewrite his history? And what of those left behind, and those bound to him for better or worse?

Sean Gregory is a writer based in the North of England. His first novel, Three Graves, was published by Bluemoose Books in September 2021. The novel was longlisted for the Bridport First Novel Prize. He won the Aesthetica Creative Writing Prize, for his short story ‘Louish & Benim’, which was also longlisted for the BBC Short Story Prize. Sean teaches creative writing at Leeds Arts University.

Reviews of “Three Graves”:

‘A bold, gripping and audacious debut. What its subject Anthony Burgess would make of it is uncertain, but he’d surely have to acknowledge its literary power and inarguable success as a novel’ – Benjamin Myers.

‘A novel of metaphysical strands and language games, grounded in a very human portrayal of the son of music hall performers who became a literary showman’ – Wes Brown, Literary Review, Autumn 2021

In collaboration with CIRPaLL, Confluences and JSSE.

Free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Just come and enjoy!


Saturday Reading Group | 03/12/2022 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Saturday Reading Group

The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. For this meeting, the group will read Cocaine Nights by J.G. Ballard.

Cocaine Nights won great critical acclaim from reviewers, who hailed the novel as Ballard’s masterpiece for its fusion of surrealism and detective story. Ostensibly, Cocaine Nights tells of Charles Prentice’s quest to exonerate his brother Frank, who is held in a Spanish jail and charged with a murder to which he has confessed. But the real (surreal?) story is that only the existence of crime can energize a somnolent resort community of retirees. Every time I read another book by Ballard I move him up the list of my favourite authors (Goodreads)”

Meetings are once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3 pm. Open to all library members. To sign up please contact the group coordinator at bookgroup@ellia.org.


Luncheon Club | 06/12/2022 | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Luncheon Club

Do you love French food and restaurants? Would you like to speak English more, but in a relaxed environment? Join the Luncheon Club! Enjoy a meal and great conversation in English once a month at a local restaurant. This activity is open to library members. Spaces are limited. For more information or to sign up, please contact the group coordinator here.


Pizza and board games | 06/12/2022 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Pizza and board games

Join us for our ever-popular game night and pizza party! Cost is 7 euros (covers pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, 5 euros for native English speakers and children under 13). Event starts at 6 pm sharp. Last entry at 6:15 pm. First come, first serve with 40 participants max. Children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.


Write Here, Write Now! | 07/12/2022 | 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Write Here, Write Now!

Welcome to “Write Here, Write Now!”!

Writing and sharing : join this series of workshops for people who love to write in English and don’t mind sharing what they’ve written (although this sharing is not mandatory). We’ll explore different themes and genres, starting with poetry. Mathieu Huvelin, a library volunteer, will guide you through different ways to stimulate your writing, keep you inspired, all in the company of lovers of literature.

“You can make anything by writing” (C.S. Lewis). Following Lewis’s invitation, let’s explore the world at large, as well as your own secret gardens through words…while discovering the unknown realms of the writing of others.

Workshops will be run Wednesday evenings from 6.30 to 9.00 at the library once a month. They are free for library members (maximum of 10 participants). For more information and/or to sign up, please contact the group leader.


Textile Arts & Crafts Workshop | 08/12/2022 | 2:30 pm-4:30 pm

Textile Arts & Crafts Workshop

If you enjoy exploring all forms of textile and multimedia art, this activity is for you.

We experiment with many different techniques (embroidery, weaving, patchwork, quilting, collages…) and we take pleasure in sharing and exploring various types of work together.

Lately we have completed individual and shared projects which may be displayed.

No previous expertise required. Just come and join us!


Coffee House | 09/12/2022 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

This is the last Coffee House before the summer break! Save the date of September 16th to kick off the new year of friendship and fun! Join the library community for a special moment to talk about anything and everything (in English of course!). Just come in and chat with others, have a cuppa and enjoy the company! Coffee House is free and open to all library members. No need to reserve! Donations welcome as always!


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