Posts Tagged ‘bookshop’

Writing Workshop

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Last night I attended the first session of a seven-week writing workshop at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop. It is run by a British girl named Anna who has clearly managed to develop a strong position for herself as a writer in Paris. Very impressive to see.

The workshop was attended by 15 anglophones who were there for various reasons – some had taken previous workshops, others just wanted to extend their writing experience, and some had never written before. It was a really friendly group of people who were easy to get along with and weren’t shy about sharing their writing.

The classes are held in the upstairs reading room of the bookshop and we are surrounded by walls of book spines – very inspirational. It was a lovely setting to sit and write in as Anna gave us writing tasks to complete and we then shared our work with each other. The pressure situation of having to write within a short period of time meant that everyone was in the same boat and having to share our work wasn’t such a big deal. The tasks made us think outside our normal writing habits and we all came away surprised by what we had written. My pieces did still sound like a blog article to me but I am hoping that over the next few weeks I will be able to explore some other writing styles that I didn’t realise I had in me.

Sunday, Lovely Sunday

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Every now and then I fall in love with Paris all over again. I am always ‘in like’ with this city but every now and then I see something or do something or discover something that makes me completely infatuated. Yesterday was a delightfully sunny Sunday in gay Paris and as it was the first Sunday of the month, all of the museums and art galleries were open for free. BRILLIANT. Tom and I met a visiting Perth-ian, Amanda, at L’Orangerie – an ex-orangery, or Napoleon III’s greenhouse, that now houses Monet’s water lilies.

The glass building contains two curved-walled rooms which allow you to be surrounded by eight of Monet’s works. It is one of my favourite places in Paris – when there aren’t many people in the rooms it is a particularly relaxing experience. The free-entry did mean that there were far too people in the gallery yesterday but I highly recommend the L’Orangerie to anyone visiting Paris. I plan on visiting the real garden in Giverny sometime soon. I think I might wait until after the French holidays when tourist numbers die down. There are so many people around at the moment – it’s a bit overwhelming.


So pretty.

After the gallery we headed into Saint Germain for food before we headed to the Shakespeare and Co bookshop. WOW. I love bookshops but I never knew I could feel this amazed by books on shelves. Shakespeare and Co is an English bookshop near Notre Dame that I had read about but never been to. On one of the tours that I have been on lately, the guide pointed out the bookshop so off I went to see why it was so amazing. Every single book you could possibly imagine is in this place. The room is a mess of shelves, covered in books of various sizes, ages, quality. There are chairs where you can sit and read (if you are lucky enough to score one as the shop was full of people) and upstairs is a library full of old books that you can read at your leisure on one of their couches. It is a bookshop of intellect and cultural development – there were so many books on philosophy, history, art and cultural theory. I couldn’t buy anything I was too overwhelmed by what I was seeing. I need to go back when it isn’t a Sunday afternoon and the place isn’t full of English-speakers. I almost asked if they had any jobs available and probably will next time I am there. It was one of those dream-like places that you see in movies. I can’t wait to go back.

Shakespeare and Co

Look at it! So lovely...