From the ‘Lost Generation’ of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Stein and Eliot in the 1920s and 1930s through to the modern day, the streets, bistros and bohemian bookshops of Paris have provided shelter, inspiration and entertainment for generations of expatriate writers. Octavia Bright talks to three contemporary writers whose literary lives are closely entwined with The City of Light: bestselling and award-winning novelist of The French Trilogy: The Girl at the Lion d’Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks, author of Flâneuse, No. 91/92 and translator of Simone de Beauvoir’s lost novel The Inseparables Lauren Elkin and author of Let us be True and former Shakespeare and Company ‘Tumbleweed’ Alex Christofi.

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Charlotte Gray Let Us Be True and Dostoevsky in Love
Let Us Be True and Dostoevsky in Love<br />
Birdsong <br />
No. 91/92: A Diary of a Year on the Bus; Flaneuse; The Inseparables (new trans of a lost Simone de Beauvoir novel)
No. 91/92: A Diary of a Year on the Bus; Flaneuse; The Inseparables (new trans of a lost Simone de Beauvoir novel)


Cheltenham Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.


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