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------ Gilbert LEAUTIER

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Écrivain, Gilbert Léautier reçoit dès 1969 l’Oscar de la création, décerné par Jean Vilar, pour sa pièce Marespoir. À la fin des années 1970, ses pièces de théâtre La Jacassière et La Démarieuse tiennent le haut de l’affiche à Paris - Madeleine Renaud est la marraine de sa pièce La Matriarche. Gilbert Léautier choisit alors d’écrire pour la radio, des pièces et des nouvelles. Cette oeuvre est couronnée, en 1986, par le très prestigieux Prix de la Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques. Entre-temps, il aura collectionné deux premiers prix de la communauté radiophonique des programmes de langue française, performance restée unique. En 1987, il écrit Le lutin aux rubans, un livre jeunesse immédiatement distingué par le Prix Ragazzi de Bologne, la référence européenne en la matière. Dès lors, Gilbert Léautier arrête d’écrire pour se consacrer à la rénovation du château d’Aujac, en Cévennes, région qu’il a découverte au début des années 1960 et où il s’est définitivement installé en 1974.

 

Pour planter des arbres dans le jardin des autres (in French)Image

Occasionally, you meet a set of stories so compressed and alive you may wonder if there is really any need for novels hundreds of pages long. As you read, imagination opens and reaches out far beyond the visible limits of the tale. Gilbert Léautier’s Pour planter des arbres au jardin des autres (Vol. 1) is one of these, and any reader of French with an interest in the Cévennes and its people will get great pleasure from it.

These brief narrative sketches, each one based on and named after a country neighbour, convey so well the character of the mountainous land and the reticent, Protestant, solid, and (in the end) hospitable people who live in it. This little book (published in Switzerland in 1982 and now for the first time in France is a delight with all the resonance of a poetic novel.

Editions Alcide, Nîmes 10€

For sale: www.editions-alcide.com/ 10,00 euros

 

Languedoc & Provence Sun N°52 (July-August-September 2014)

You may have noticed that this issue covers the months of July, August and September. After much debate, discussions and sleepless nights, we have decided that the best way forward for Languedoc & Provence SUN would be to become a quarterly publication. In practice, this means that the magazine will now be published four times a year instead of six, each issue covering 3 months.

The main objective of the magazine has always been to provide quality articles and content about our region and its many attributes. Going quarterly will give us more time to research potential articles, interview interesting people, meet new contributors and gather topical and useful information for you our readers.

This new version will have more pages than the previous one, allowing us to increase the content of each issue, giving you more reading material in one piece.

You may have become familiar with our regular contributors, who do a fantastic job. I take this opportunity to thank them warmly for their valuable input and great imagination, whatever the topic. If you have a little bit of spare time occasionally and share our love of writing, I’m always on the lookout for good quality articles about our area: it could just be your own story, or the portrait of someone you know, a beautiful place, an interesting festival. Whatever the idea, let
me know about it, our next contributor could be you!

If you have any comments or suggestions, you can always email me. In the meantime, I hope you keep on reading the magazine; the kind comments we receive always make all the hard work worthwhile. Have a nice holiday!

 

Carole Rommene, Editor

editor@languedocsun.com

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