lundi 7 octobre 2013

Newsletter October 2013


We held our AGM in June, all is well, the finances of the association are healthy, thanks to your contributions and a small grant from the Town Hall.

The picnic at the Jonathon James vineyard was a great success, we think we might have it every year, the setting is sensational.

We spent an interesting evening at the new theatre at the Domaine d’O which was being inaugurated with a play by Peter Brook, “The Suit”

Another load of new books have arrived, you have already seen the list, lots of lovely reading for the short days which are on their way. In addition to the order which you have seen, we have ordered the first volume of Jane Gardham’s “Old Filth” trilogy, the second two are already in the library which is bursting at the seams. Your President is working very hard to find new premises, hopefully provided by the Town Hall.

The complete catalogue will soon be online on the FOAL blog which will entail going to the Foal website (, and clicking on “foal34”and then a link. Many thanks to Katharine Claringbull and Philippe Marchand for all the work they have put in to making this possible.


·         We are hoping to organise an evening in November with the son of Janet Teissier du Cros, a Scotswoman who lived in the south of France and published her memoirs about World War II in the mid 50s. As the south wasn’t strictly speaking occupied territory and there have not been a lot of books written about this region during WWII. The book gives us a unique perspective on the difficult time she and her children traversed. Considered a classic when it first appeared the book was subsequently reprinted in the 1980's by the eminent Scottish publisher Stephanie Wolfe Murray, founder of  Canongate Books, who added a remarkable 'coda' by the eminent Edinburgh author Janet Adam Smith. The book is soon to be re-edited.  

            This will be a joint event with the AWG and the Bookshop. We will let you know the
            date as soon as possible.

 ·         Christmas Party for Foal members on the 13th December

The party will take place at the Claringbull’s on Friday 13th December. This might be a lucky day for some of you. We are organizing a TOMBOLA with some super presents, you will be able to buy tickets at the library from the beginning of November and also on the day. The Foal board is providing the liquid content, members will bring along sweet or savoury finger food which will be organized by Katharine Claringbull. (Katharine’s email provided on request to to let her know what you are bringing)

·         In January there will be a Musical in English at the Domaine d’O. FOAL will organize the tickets. We don’t have a date yet but we will keep you informed.

 And finally…..

·         OUR FAMOUS LITERARY QUIZ will take place in February this year, more about that nearer the time

As you see, FOAL is as active as ever thanks to a very dedicated board and all our members and supporters.

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