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Metropolis – Paris : Vive la littérature!

Posted on 16 Oct 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

On October 15th, Paris Lit Up was featured on Arte’s transmission “Metropolis” to discuss the actual state of literature in the City of Light. Watch the full show here below! Francophone authors are currently guests of honor in Frankfurt, where the largest book fair in the world takes place. For writers all over the world, Paris has long been the city of all desires, a myth. What about today? What has become of the Parisian literary scene? In the company of author Murielle Rousseau, Metropolis investigates and meets the most important authors of the moment, including Alain Mabanckou and Gaël Faye. by Stefanie...

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Paris Lit Up n°5 – Call for Submissions

Posted on 3 Sep 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: FRIDAY, 15th SEPTEMBER 2017 At the point of its lustrum, Paris Lit Up is insatiable. But for what? What more can we have? We don’t know, you haven’t sent it yet, but we need MORE, MORE, MORE. ..Or do we mean PLUS PLUS PLU5? The digital revolution offers boundless communication, conversation, collaboration. Yet we’re left in the overfed red, the dizzy tessellation of never-ending plus signs scrolling down the unsatisfying feed. The collective unconsciousness is an unfulfilling chamber full of echoes. Il n’y a PLU5 rien. Yet we have TOUT. Through production, the artist exceeds herself: her work and her self an overflowing configuration of elements multiplied by each other, just as creative communities expand and overflow in our cities. Necessary and natural excess is produced by more than just the sum of its many parts. Too...

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Paris Lit Up 4 Magazine!

Posted on 29 Jun 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Crossing cultures, breaking boundaries, liberating languages: Paris Lit Up is back with the fourth edition of its flagship publication. In Paris Lit Up Magazine n°4, readers will enjoy a variety of talented, transnational writers and artists who go beyond national, cultural and linguistic limits to explore the trans-. True to this collaborative spirit, this issue also includes special contributions curated by Ivy Writers Paris and Poets Live. Continue your support of independent, non-profit literature and art and get a copy today! Visit our online press page here. Editors: Edward Bell, Emily Ruck Keene, Jason Francis Mc Gimsey, Tasha Ong, Helen Cusack O’Keeffe, Stephanie Papa Guest Editors: Jennifer K. Dick (Ivy Writers Paris), Malik Crumpler (Poets Live) Contributors: Kathryn Aldridge-Morris • Gary Allen • Lucy Anderton • David Attwooll • Michael Augustin • James Berg • Khairani Barokka • Barbara Beck • Sujata Bhatt • Kimberly Campanello...

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PLU Open Mic featuring David Robert Brimat

Posted on 6 May 2017 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

David Robert Brimat, aka DRnB, is a performing songwriter from the USA. Born and raised in New York, he went to Archbishop Stepinac high school in White Plains where he joined the vocal arts and performed for Disney. Having graduated from Manhattanville College with a BA in Spanish Education, he went on to win awards from the NAACP ACT-SO competition for poetry and drawing. His debut album, Revival of Lost Love, was released in February 2008. His second album, Mental Metamorphosis, came out on 12-12-12. He is working on his third album. Contact Info Social Media – DRBlyricsofLove Email –...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran

Posted on 23 Apr 2017 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

PLU Open Mic was a masterfully acted trip to a Great Britain of yesteryear with the astoundingly vivid and funny portrayals of working class brits by Nick Calderbank and Damian Corcoran. There was a lot of music in round 1, kicked off with Yvan singing a song about a sitar asking to be played by a young boy. Darshana played his song “Useless Man”. Rebecca read a poem about chickens, all sorts of chickens, in strange and not-so-strange situations, and one about her friend Leslie. Ash Orphan did a splendid version of Radiohead’s “Creep”, making it hard to believe the only instrument accompanying him was his guitar. European Son kept the music going with his song “Rio de Janeiro”, then another one “Bourgeoisie”. Krishna did the only stand-up routine of the evening, joking about vegans and what zebras are....

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Paris Lit Up EN TOUR: some feedback

Posted on 10 Apr 2017 in News | 0 comments

We asked some of the troupe to give us some thoughts about this year’s Paris Lit Up England tour. Here’s their brutal feedback…           Elia Cohen, aka Rorsha “Art, like knowledge, love and amazing puns, is better when shared.” As I was in the bus going « home », it dawned on me that we are living the times of our live(r)s, and also that I should be awarded a prize for best 2017 written pun. First of all: Thank you very much for this opportunity and the overall organisation of what will stay one of the best memories of my life. It is all so true and proven, over and over during this tour, that art like knowledge, love, and amazing puns is better when shared. In coming years we’ll need words of courage, patience, some amazing...

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Paris Lit Up England Tour 2017: SYNOPSIS

Posted on 8 Apr 2017 in News | 0 comments

As we do every year, a bold and brazen group from Paris Lit Up went to wow England with our words and music. Why? Because the PLU philosophy is a borderless one, and we believe that the more one absorbs, the better one becomes as an artist and person. PLU is nothing without its web of creative connections, and this web has to be fostered and fed. This year, our troupe included Richard Earls, Isabelle Lorion, Elia Cohen (aka Rorsha), Dom Stevenson, Maysan Nasser, Ed Bell and Emily Ruck Keene. We were joined along the way by other members of our creative community, for 8 events over 7 days in London (x 3), Guildford, Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon and Oxford. London saw us first perform near Oval, at Bar 48, where the Fourth Friday Open Mic has relocated while the...

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Paris Lit Up at Bar 48 in Oval, London

Posted on 25 Mar 2017 in News | 0 comments

Last night the tour began in earnest and we learned that our team has impeccable timing: literally as Emily was introducing the PLU project, with two absentees, Elia and Maysan arrived (see photo), bags on backs, “fresh” from the bus, to be thrown on stage and knock the good people of Oval’s socks off. Bar 48 welcomes Fourth Friday in a new setting due to renovations at the Poetry Café in Covent Garden.  An Eritrean restaurant – which Emily and Ed would go on to eat with their fingers – the room was lit up with fairy lights and words. Dominic Stevenson, having enjoyed his 45-minute hike from Brixton station to Oval, opened the show with his northern rhetoric and Richard Earls told us that it was not “do or die”.  Elia reminded us not to leave fires unattended...

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Paris Lit Up England Tour 2017!

Posted on 28 Feb 2017 in News | 0 comments

Paris Lit Up is off once again* to visit her neighbour across La Manche, to read, write, sing and dance across England with a merry band of artists, and hopefully you too. London, Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon, Oxford and Guildford…we’re coming for you. If you’re near any of these venues, come join us, we’d love to see you!   MARCH 24: Fourth Friday ,  Bar 48, Brixon, London, 8pm. MARCH 26: Sun At Night London, St. Leonards Church. Shoreditch High St, London, 6pm. MARCH 26: Live at the Stage Door, 28-30 Webber St, Lambeth, London, 8pm. MARCH 27: 1000 Monkeys, The Keep Pub, Guildford, 8pm. MARCH 28: Presence Open Mic,  The Miners Arms, Mina Road, St. Werburghs, Bristol, 8pm. MARCH 29: Rhyme and Reason, The Bath Brew House, Bath, 7.30pm MARCH 30: Words and Ears, The Swan, Bradford on Avon, 7pm....

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PLU Live Telethon via Periscope

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

UPDATE: We did it! Thank you to everyone who made our Kickstarter campaign a success and to everyone who came out for our Telethon, both in Paris and around the world! Join Paris Lit Up this Thursday, September 29th from anywhere in the world for the live Periscope broadcast of PLU’s first ever Telethon! Our last night of fundraising via Kickstarter will kick off at 20h30 Paris time as we welcome writers, poets, musicians and artists to strut their stuff on stage, as well as our special guest and Verso author, Joshua Clover. We’ll also be screening Sean Simerly’s documentary on the Paris lit scene, Allumé. Join us and help us raise money for non-profit, grassroots art and...

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