Tuesday, April 30, 2013


POETRY BOOKS by Barbara Dordi

After being persuaded by my French friends to write in French, I am pleased to say that the BDA (BIBLIOTHEQUE DEPARTEMENT DE L'AUDE) bought the first 7 of my books below.


Les joyaux d’Alfred  
 The Alfred Jewels  
15 €   ₤9.95      

Two Francophiles in Alaigne  
Deux Francophiles à Alaigne
15 €  ₤9.95


Ève et la Pomme    8 €   ₤6


Moving Still    ₤7.99 
     Apple and Eve
     12 €       8

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.

All books available from B. Dordi, 11 Bath Road, Emsworth, Hants PO10 7EP
email: FrenchLitReview@me.com. Type, under 'Search This Blog', 'Achille Lauge Neo-Impressionist' for Barbara's biography of this Impressionist painter from Cailhau, Aude.

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

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Goodbye Equinox


The Journal 

& original plus

17 High Street
Cumbria CA15 6BQ

Extract from p.39 of #38 (#48) - editor Sam Smith
The 2012 Silversmith Poetry Competition special issue 
Visual art has figured in every production of Equinox (chemin de Cambieure, 11240 Cailhau, Aude, France.)
www.barbardordi.blogspot.com especially in its covers, as here in #26 (52 pages, stapled). But often an image used as an example - an inspirational theme for future issues. Which sadly are to be no more. Barbara Dordi doesn’t say why. It is easy for me to say, however, that Equinox as a promoter of quality poetry will most certainly be missed; quality in #26 provided by Nigel Humphreys, Tanya Prudente, Kay Cotton, Christine Koutelieri and John McKernan. Upsetting to see Equinox go, but our thanks to Barbara Dordi for the encouragement she has given to so many poets just by including their work in one of Equinox’s 26 classy issues. Let’s hope that her editorship of The French Literary Review is as generous and successful.