by Ellen Turner Hall

This year’s Collioure book fair opens on Friday 7 September at 20h30 with a talk by the Irish historian Kevin Barry invited by the association Les Amis de Patrick O’Brian.

Revealing the novelist Patrick O’Brian’s historical sources, Mr. Barry’s presentation will be followed by a screening of the film (in VO with French subtitles) “Master and Commander” starring Russell Crowe as the dashing Captain Jack Aubrey. The film will be followed by a toast to Patrick O’Brian with a glass of traditional Banyuls from the Domaine Piétri Géraud.

On Saturday the 8th at 11h00 Kevin Barry will be talking with the writer Gildas Girodeau about the role of the historian.

On Sunday the 9th at 8h00 you are invited to have coffee with Kevin Barry in the Espace Patrick O’Brian on the first floor of the Médiathèque in a prelude to a literary walk in the streets of Collioure with readings from O’Brian, Reiser, Darnaudet and Machado.

Finally at 15h00 Kevin Barry will join in a debate with other invited authors to discuss whether fiction helps us understand history or simply distorts it.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

See the full book fair programmeHERE

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