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‘Annie Ernaux and us’ at the French Institute, Edinburgh

‘Annie Ernaux and us’ at the French Institute, Edinburgh published on

The Scottish French Institute will celebrate Annie Ernaux’s Nobel Prize in Literature. The event will emphasise the universal dimension of Ernaux’s work started in the 1970s and focus on the reader’s experience. Book excerpts will be read to the audience, and a discussion will examine some of the key themes in Ernaux’s work, at the crossroad between literature, sociology, history, politics and feminism. Attendants will comment on the significance of her texts in their lives.

Participants: Fabien Arribert-Narce (Edinburgh), Tamzin Elliott (Edinburgh), Catherine Guiat (IFE), Elise Hugueny-Léger (St-Andrews), Caroline Verdier (Strathclyde), Ed Welch (Aberdeen)

Annie Ernaux and us, Thursday 26 January at 6pm

Discussion in French, Q&A in French or English

Booking in advance is advised.
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(Source: Institut Francais d’Ecosse,

Annie Ernaux wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Annie Ernaux wins Nobel Prize in Literature published on

The Swedish Academy has awarded the Literature Nobel Prize to Annie Ernaux. Their announcements reads: “Her work is uncompromising and written in plain language, scraped clean. And when she with great courage and clinical acuity reveals the agony of the experience of class, describing shame, humiliation, jealousy or inability to see who you are, she has achieved something admirable and enduring.”

Un grand bravo, Annie!

Publication of ‘Getting Lost’

Publication of ‘Getting Lost’ published on


Today we’re seeing the publication of Getting Lost, the translation of Ernaux’s Se perdre (2001) – the diary written at the time of her romance with a Russian diplomat. Translated by Alison L. Strayer for the first time, Getting Lost is being published by Fitzcarraldo editions in the UK and by Seven Stories Press in the USA.

New honour for Annie Ernaux, November 2021

New honour for Annie Ernaux, November 2021 published on

On the 30th November 2021 Annie Ernaux was selected as one of the 12 inaugural international writers to join the Royal Society of Literature’s International Writers programme, a new award recognising the contribution of writers across the globe to literature in English, and the power of literature to transcend borders and to bring people together. At a time of rising nationalism, RSL International Writers celebrates the many ways in which literature can shape a future world. Each year new writers will receive this life-long honour and be invited to join the RSL’s International Writers, forming an ever-expanding global community of authors.

‘L’événement’/ ‘Happening’ wins Golden Lion

‘L’événement’/ ‘Happening’ wins Golden Lion published on

Audrey Diwan’s ‘Happening’ (L’événement) has won the Golden Lion in Venice for best film. Adapted from Ernaux’s autobiographical account, the film features Anamaria Vartolomei as Anne Duchesne, a student seeking a back-street abortion at a time when it was illegal in France.

Launch of the ‘Annie Ernaux e-museum’

Launch of the ‘Annie Ernaux e-museum’ published on

Set up and curated by Michèle Bacholle, who is also the author of many essays and a book on Ernaux, this ‘Musée Annie Ernaux‘ website provides an exploration into the main places which inhabit Ernaux’s writings – and in turn, the reader’s imagination. Through photographs and critical notes, Bacholle invites us to ‘enter’ these places.

Annie Ernaux e-museum, screen capture