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Exhibit “l’Irlande des poètes” | 04/02/2020-21/03/2020 | All Day

Exhibit "l'Irlande des poètes"

What makes the beauty of the landscape and the people of Ireland so inspiring to create poetry? Come and see for yourself and you will understand!

This exhibit is has been lent to the library by the Centre Culturel Irlandais with the collaboration of Museo and the Embassy of Ireland, France.


Celebrating poetry in March! | 06/03/2020-21/03/2020 | All Day

Celebrating poetry in March!

Take your vitamins! We have an amazing line-up of events for this year’s “Printemps des poètes”! Join in on events happening all over France! And for heaven’s sake, don’t forget to come to the events that the library is organising:

Through March 21st – Exhibition on Irish poetry. Take a minute to come and see these stunning photos of Ireland accompanied by texts by Irish poets.

March 6th – the warm up! Mike Ladd will be in the library for a spoken word “happening” with bass player Sebastien Boisseau in the morning to be followed by an English-language writing workshop in the afternoon.

March 7th – The happening is happening again! Jacques Josse will be reading his poetry and there will be music and painting…

March 13th:

10-11am: Readings from Virginia Woolf’s journals and the influence on the writer Marcelline Roux.

2-4pm: Marcelline will run a writing workshop in French. Click here for more information. Sign-ups necessary.

Friday, March 20th – treat yourself to “L’Apéro poétique” at the “122”, rue de la Chalouère. This is a wonderful mix of different art forms and language games to bring a lighter side to poetry. The library will be hosting an activity based on origami and haiku. Evening starts at 6:30.


Coffee House | 06/03/2020 | 9:00 am-11:00 am

Coffee House

Join the library community for a special moment to talk about anything and everything (in English of course!) over a cup of coffee or tea. Coffee House is free and open to all library members. Just drop by, no need to reserve!


IT’S HAPPENIN’! SPOKEN WORD AND DOUBLE BASS WITH MIKE LADD & SÉBASTIEN BOISSEAU | 06/03/2020 | 10:00 am-11:15 am

IT’S HAPPENIN’! SPOKEN WORD AND DOUBLE BASS WITH MIKE LADD & SÉBASTIEN BOISSEAU

Come to this spoken word and music special event. Mike Ladd began his career as a spoken word poet after graduating from Hampshire College, USA with a degree in English literature. He later found success as a rapper and hip-hop producer, releasing five solo albums, in addition to being the brain behind the fictitious music collectives Majesticons and Infesticons. He has performed at venues throughout the world including, The Apollo, The Metropolitan Museum, Erving Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Le Théâtre de Châtelet and L’Olympia in Paris…and now to the English-language Library in Angers! Mike Ladd can be heard frequently on French radio stations with numerous projects spanning everything from Jazz to Hip Hop, Afrobeat to Punk to Pop. Since teaching at Sciences Po. in Paris, Michael currently lives in Paris with his wife and two children.

Sébastien Boisseau is a French double bass player, founder of Yolk records and instigator for the project « 1 salon 2 musiciens ».

After the performance in the morning, Mike Ladd will give a writing workshop in English in the afternoon from 2-4. Sign-ups required for writing workshop, send email here.

This program has been made possible with support from the Bibliopôle and the Conseil Départemental de Maine-et-Loire.


Knit and Natter | 06/03/2020 | 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.


Writing workshop with Mike Ladd | 06/03/2020 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Writing workshop with Mike Ladd

Come and let your creative juices flow with this writing workshop. The workshop will focus on working with spontaneity in poetry and improvisation inspired by the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and its connection to the influence of hip hop on poetry today.

Mike Ladd began his career as a spoken word poet after graduating from Hampshire College, USA with a degree in English literature. He later found success as a rapper and hip-hop producer, releasing five solo albums, in addition to being the brain behind the fictitious music collectives Majesticons and Infesticons. He has performed at venues throughout the world including, The Apollo, The Metropolitan Museum, Erving Plaza, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Le Théâtre de Châtelet and L’Olympia in Paris…and now to the English-language Library in Angers! Mike Ladd can be heard frequently on French radio stations with numerous projects spanning everything from Jazz to Hip Hop, Afrobeat to Punk to Pop. Since teaching at Sciences Po. in Paris, Michael currently lives in Paris with his wife and two children.

This workshop is free and open to the public and has been made possible with support from the Bibliopôle and the Conseil Départemental de Maine-et-Loire.

Sign-ups required for writing workshop, send email here.


Reading Shakespeare | 06/03/2020 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Reading Shakespeare

Treat yourself to an afternoon of a collective reading of one of Shakespeare’s plays. This activity consists of watching a BBC production on DVD and then reading relative scenes. This is a great activity for lovers of language and fans of the great wit. Free and open to all library members, for more information or to sign-up please contact the group coordinator here.


Saturday Reading Group | 07/03/2020 | 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.

The March read for the group is Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron StallworthIn 1978 the community of Colorado Springs, Colorado experienced a growth of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) membership. One man dared to challenge their effort and thwart attempts to take over the city, Police Detective Ron Stallworth. He launched an undercover investigation into the Klan, gained membership into the organization, briefly served as Duke’s bodyguard, and was eventually asked to be the leader of the Colorado Springs chapter. The irony of this investigation was that Stallworth is… A Black man. In the process he battled internal departmental politics to successfully pull off this “sting.” Black Klansman explains how he overcame these obstacles and accomplished this almost unbelievable unique achievement.

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.


The HAPPENING: Poetry, Music & Painting | 07/03/2020 | 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

The HAPPENING: Poetry, Music & Painting

Take a talented trio: Jacques Josse (a French poet, writer and publisher from Rennes and previously the Director of the Maision de la Poésie de Rennes), a musician and a painter, put them in the same room in front of an audience and see what happens! That’s the idea behind a happening, put the raw ingredients together and let inspiration strike, creating a unique, one-time-only performance that is not to be missed!

This event is part of the Printemps des Poètes (the French national celebration of poetry) which has been organized with the collaboration of the MIEL (Maison internationale des écritures et des littératures) and the support of the Ville d’Angers. There will also be poetry recitals by MIEL members.

This event will be in French and English, it is free and open to the public, no reservations necessary but seating is limited.


Luncheon Club | 10/03/2020 | 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. For more information or to sign up, please contact the group coordinator here.


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