Saturday, April 30, 2016

THE FRENCH LITERARY REVIEW

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Monday, November 9, 2015

BOOK LAUNCH 7TH NOVEMBER 2015



On Saturday 7th November I am launching my new book ‘Achille Laugé Neo-Impressionist’ - a biography of the 19th century Cailhau artist. The book has 20 illustrations in colour and black and white and has a Foreword by the painter’s great-granddaughter Anny Laugé. 

The launch will be held at the Forgerie Gallery in Alaigne between 4pm and 7pm. Refreshments will be served by Lin the gallery curator who has quite a reputation for her hospitality on these occasions.

The gallery is on your left as you enter Alaigne from Limoux - it is attached to the Chambres d’hôtes ‘Chez Dyna’ which you will see after you pass the Mairie. There are many other interesting things for sale in the gallery - a good place to buy Christmas presents and cards at very reasonable prices.

Hoping to see you there,

Best regards,


Barbara

Thank you to everyone who came to my book launch - it was
a great success. Lin did her usual reorganisation of the gallery
in splendid style. She came up trumps too with the amazing
feast of nibbles, wine, Blanquette etc. Un grand merci à mes amis les cailhautais et cailhautaises qui sont venus !

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Achille Laugé

Neo-Impressionist 1861-1944

Barbara Dordi

A5 paperback 76 pages 20 illustrations 

ISBN 978-0-9536800-5-4

£11.95 or €15.00 (Including Postage) from

B. Dordi

allée du Toinet

rue de la Rougère

11240 Cailhau

Aude

France


In south-west France near  Carcassonne in the Aude, a small village calls itself ‘Cailhau village d’Artistes’. Cailhau’s first artist was Achille Laugé. His Pointillist style paintings and drawings disconcerted the locals in the late 19th/early 20th century. He chose to live his life with his own people, and they as well as the Salons in Paris didn’t accept him.

‘Laugé was a skilled portraitist, able to achieve an almost perfect likeness of any sitter, whether executed in charcoal, pastel or paint….’Achille Astre - The Achille Astre Gallery, Paris. ‘Laugé’s art is emotional sensitivity and controlled reason.’ - Aristide Maillol, Painter and Sculptor. ‘He is a constructer of light’ - Antoine Bourdell - sculptor & painter.‘With only four colours, red, blue, yellow and green, he sang his native country’ - Albert Sarraut - twice prime minister of France.

The friends he studied with at the École des Beaux -Arts in Paris - sculptors Antoine Bourdelle and Aristide Maillol each went on to achieve fame during his lifetime. Laugé’s relative isolation in the Languedoc-Roussillon meant that his work remained largely unknown to most French scholars, critics and collectors of his time.

Now the art world has woken up to the talent of this recluse - his time, as his friend Antoine Bourdelle predicted years ago, has come at last. Today, paintings by Laugé hang in the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris alongside Neo-Impressionist works by Seurat and Signac. Laugé’s paintings have found a home not only in musées in France but in collections throughout the world.

Foreword by Anny Laugé - the artist’s great-granddaughter

     

FOREWORD

It is with pleasure that I present this book which constitutes an opportunity for our English speaking friends.

The author Barbara Dordi, poet, editor and presenter of writing workshops, and a new inhabitant of Cailhau, was moved by the paintings of Achille Laugé during the 2009 exhibitions of his work. 

She began to gather information about the painter from documentation available and patiently summarized all that constitutes the life and work of my great-grandfather Achille Laugé.

Given the growing number of English speaking newcomers to this area, it is evident that this book will be a very favourable means for them to be better acquainted with the Impressionist painter Achille Laugé.

It is likely that many readers will want to come to Cailhau to discover the Achille Laugé circuit where they can enjoy some of the scenery celebrating the Languedocian light that the Master captured so often.

I thank Barbara Dordi for her work which highlights the work of Achille Laugé.  Happy reading.

      Anny Laugé

                    Great-granddaughter of Achille Laugé

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ANTHOLOGY - The Book of Love & Loss



I am very honoured to be included in this wonderful anthology published October 2014. 
The Book of Love and Loss is dedicated to the memory of
U. A. Fanthorpe 1929 - 2009

Foreword by Maureen Lipman



The Gift of Remembering

'An impressive poetry book, this ground-breaking collection makes an original gift. It also provides a useful source-book for the bereaved, and an inspiration for funerals, memorials and anniversaries.'



THE BOOK OF 
LOVE and LOSS
Edited by R.V. Bailey and June Hall
The Belgrave Press, Bath
7 Belgrave Rd., Bath BA1 6LU
ISBN 978-0-954215-2-0
£12.99 - clothbound hardback 384pp.
50p per copy sold goes to Parkinsons' Research

Nearly 400 new and contemporary poems on celebration and mourning, hope and despair, which will touch the hearts of all.

Less familiar voices are here along with laureates and many well-loved poets, including: Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, UA Fanthorpe, Philip Gross, Jackie Kay, Andrew Motion, Mario Petrucci and Penelope Shuttle.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

POETRY BOOKS BY BARBARA DORDI

POETRY BOOKS by Barbara Dordi

In July this year, I was extremely pleased when the BDA (BIBLIOTHEQUE DEPARTMENT DE L'AUDE) bought the first 7 of my books below.

BILINGUAL

Les joyaux d’Alfred  
 The Alfred Jewels  
14 €   ₤12.50      


Entre-Deux
Two Francophiles in Alaigne  
Entre-Deux
Deux Francophiles  à Alaigne
12 €  ₤10




FRENCH


Ève et la Pomme    8 €   ₤6

ENGLISH


Moving Still    ₤7.99 
                          10  
  
     Apple and Eve
     12 €       8




Presences  
8 €       6                


    Airing Cupboard
    8 €  6

The French Literary Review
A twice-yearly review
of poetry and prose.
 8 €      ₤5.50
Un journal illustré au format A5 qui publie des nouvelles, des articles et des poèmes en français et en anglais ayant un lien avec la France.



Available from B. Dordi, allée du Toinet, 11240 Aude France
email: FrenchLitReview@icloud.com

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Inauguration of new library in Cailhau


Being one of the team of volunteers for this project has been a very enlightening experience. It is interesting to note who takes out which books and how often people use the library. We inherited so many 'Policiers' i.e. crime novels that they outweigh any other category of book in the library, but nowadays people don't seem to be drawn to them. It is interesting discussing books with lenders and listening to their recommendations. We have an English and bilingual section which is frequented mainly by ourselves, the volunteers ( 3 French and 2 English women). Apart from myself, I have yet to witness anyone taking out a poetry book! But then, the library has been opened for just 6 months. I wait with baited breath!

Inauguration de la bibliothèque de Cailhau


Le samedi 2 février, la bibliothèque de Cailhau accueillait dans la bonne humeur une quarantaine de personnes pour l’inauguration officielle des locaux rénovés par la mairie et équipés grâce au Conseil général de l’Aude.

La Bibliothèque départementale fournit environ 450 ouvrages, le reste du fonds ayant été offert par les habitants du village.

Une équipe de bénévoles ouvre la bibliothèque deux fois par semaine, le lundi de 15h à17h,(Corinne Dauverne, Danielle Serres et Anne Allegret) et le mercredi de 16h à 18h. (Barbara Dordi et Janet Shoebridge) Il y a déjà actuellement une cinquantaine de lecteurs, enfants et adultes.

Les locaux accueillent des expositions, ainsi que de nombreuses activités : aide aux devoirs (Anne Allegret), conversation anglaise (Barbara Dordi), conversation française, (Danielle Serres) etc.

Pour les personnes à mobilité réduite, une initiative originale : le « Biblio-vélo » qui deux fois par mois apportera les livres directement à domicile.

Ainsi la culture sera mise à la portée de tous !


Le« Biblio-vélo » de Philippe Cavaillés






Monday, January 14, 2013

NEW LIBRARY, CAILHAU

   La Dépêche du Midi                11 janvier 2011     Cailhau 

Longue vie à la bibliothèque municipale


Voici la groupe des bénévoles, dont 3 Françaises et 2 Anglaises:

Danielle, Anne, Corinne, Barbara et Janet.



Grâce au département de l'Aude et aux responsables de la bibliothèque départementale (BDA), la bibliothèque de Cailhau a rouvert, dernièrement, ses portes dans ses nouveaux meubles. Une équipe de bénévoles cailhautaises se relaie pour ouvrir les lieux le lundi après-midi de 15 heures à 17 heures. Suite aux souhaits de nombreuses personnes qui ont répondu au questionnaire distribué pendant l'été, la bibliothèque ouvrira également le mercredi de 16 heures à 18 heures, à partir du mercredi 9 janvier.


Les rayons s'étoffent, avec davantage de livres prêtés par la BDA, sur des sujets répondant aux souhaits des habitants, notamment sur le sport, l'Histoire, des ouvrages bilingues, des livres en gros caractères… Par ailleurs, le chantier de mise en valeur du fonds local, constitué d'ouvrages donnés au fil du temps et qui doivent être classés et répertoriés, a été entrepris par l'équipe de bénévoles qui par la suite d'accueillir des activités proposées par la BDA autour de la lecture.

Un ordinateur avec accès à l'Internet permet de faire des recherches et réservations en ligne. La bibliothèque accueille à 15 heures chaque deuxième jeudi du mois un cours de conversation anglaise, et chaque dernier jeudi un cours de conversation française (à partir du 31 janvier). Riches d'idées pour la mise en valeur du fonds, ainsi que du local mis à disposition par la mairie de Cailhau, les bénévoles souhaitent en faire un lieu convivial où puisse s'épanouir le goût de lire.

Cette équipe de bénévoles vous présente ses meilleurs vœux pour 2013 et vous invite à pousser la porte et à venir vous inscrire. La correspondante de notre titre vous adresse ses meilleurs vœux de bonheur, santé et réussite pour tous vos projets. Longue vie à cette bibliothèque franco-britannique.
La Dépêche du Midi