------ 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€

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Languedoc & Provence Sun N°53 (Autumn 2014)

Well, I think that’s it. The sun cream has finally given its last breath, my loyal flip-flops have ended up in the recycling bin and the children are off to school. I guess we are back to normal life and believe it or not, it is time to think about… Christmas! Oh noooo I’ll hear you scream, but as we are now quarterly, this issue will cover October, November and December – three months packed with ideas of things to do, visit, drink and eat.

We are always happy to welcome new contributors, but we are truly spoilt this time. Rachel Baker, journalist, food writer and now proud inhabitant of Apt, has joined the ranks (p10 & 32), and so has author Janice Macdonald (p12), who will follow for the next 12 months the inside life of a wine domain for us. We also welcome on board Richard Simpson-Birks (p15). And I’m sure you will carry on enjoying our regular contributors Bernice Clark (p8), Janice Lert (p6), Camille Vourc'h (p29) and Caren Trafford (p22), who has kindly donated books for our fantastic kids drawing competition (p28).

Enjoy the falling leaves, the chestnuts, the early nights by the fire with a good book, and when you feel ready to think about it, have a lovely Christmas...

Carole Rommene, Editor


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