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Posted on 3 Sep 2016 in News | 0 comments

The city of Paris is synonymous with creativity.Paris breeds creativity, Paris inspires creativity. Yet Paris does not come easy. A bustling and rugged metropolis, it fights illusions, and forces discovery, just as it did for Joyce, Hughes, Hemingway, Nin and countless other foreign writers and artists. For over 4 years, the non-profit association Paris Lit Up has hosted free Open Mic nights every Thursday, published five books, has thrown some really great parties with our multicultural, transnational community of writers, artist, musicians and activists and even toured extensively through Europe. We’ve never charged a dime for any of our activities and we’ve always operated through transparent, consensus-based community efforts. And now we need your help!  After this last tragic year in France, it has become more important than ever for writers from diverse backgrounds and nationalities to find space for their voices and their words. So, in order to publish the fourth issue of our annual journal and...

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PLU Open Mic featuring Reginald Barris

Posted on 13 Aug 2016 in News, PLU Open Mic | 0 comments

  Small but mighty we were on Thursday night, with the volume of a thousand times our number, led by the bold and cavalier comedian Reginald Barris. Despite your host’s best efforts at democracy, Fate willed it that René open the evening again with his very own “your coffee’s getting cold” on the gee-tar. Flavie followed, also taking up the strings, and weaving between the bars. VIRGIN and awesomely-named Loch Martini brought up some standup about moving from Paris to Portland, a deadly goose and being mugged by a Disney princess. Finnish Chris might have had a 0% battery problem, but still managed to tell us a *sweet* tale about his friend and some polar bears, which the surprisingly large Scandinavian crowd seemed to enjoy in particular. VIRGIN Erwin pulled out some of his own beautiful fiction about a couple...

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Paris Lit Up n°4 — Call for Submissions

Posted on 9 May 2016 in News | 0 comments

Accepting submissions from 01 March to 31 May 2016 Transgressive voices crossing national borders and breaking traditional lines, mestizo origins and citizens of the world narrating unique experiences: Paris Lit Up n°4 is looking for transcultural expressions that move in the margins and push beyond static identities. We want to see a moveable feast; the complex alterity that is the City of Light. Show us how Paris is at once here and elsewhere, give us the local with the global, and contribute to the mosaic of this new, transnational society. The fourth issue of our flagship publication is accepting submissions exclusively through our new, improved database, found at We consider a broad range of materials: poetry, prose, translations, interviews, art, photography, comics and cartoons from both established and emerging artists. There are no particular rules or limits, nor required themes or styles:...

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PLU multimedia workshop – Alessandra Trevisan

Posted on 12 Apr 2016 in News, PLU Open Mic, Workshop | 0 comments

PLU multi media workshop – Alessandra Trevisan 16/01/16 ferabam in oculis Latinos poetas, apud quos ferventer rerum naturam meus visus legabat. Cor ardet qualis scientia siderea personam novam induescat. Before my eyes lie those Latin poets, in whose works my mind reads keenly of the nature of things; my heart burns like when starry knowledge brings about a new personality. Back in January – this reviewer has only just woken up from the winter sleep – PLU had the pleasure of receiving Alessandra Trevisan from Venice, Italy, to watch her experimental performance of words, music and a whole lot of looping. As is the case with the Mini Writing Residency (MWR), Alessandra then led a workshop at Berkeley Books, by Odéon, where she unveiled and deconstructed more of her Art. Before coming to a description of this Art, though,...

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Use poetry as a way of giving a shit: A workshop with Dominic Stevenson

Posted on 7 Apr 2016 in News, Workshop | 0 comments

By Edward Bell.  By the Theatre of Odeon is Berkeley Books, a fine second-hand bookshop that cradles every Saturday the Paris Lit Up weekly workshop, featuring our special guest from Thursday night. This greying Saturday, PLU had the pleasure of receiving Dominic Stevenson, a storyteller and charity worker who had come over from London to teach us with his words and enchant us with his teaching. He had planned for our sesquipedalian delectation a series of exercises that were intended to make us “think about words and how we react to the world”. I had come along to the workshop to write, and the following exercises were very useful; it was an exploration into how to break down a scenario when on fieldwork and then how to dissect later back at the desk. We are looking to create something...

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Paris Lit Up & friends in England

Posted on 6 Apr 2016 in News | 0 comments

Five intrepid members of the PLU community (we misplaced one en route) packed their words and waterproofs and set off on a week-long tour of fair England. We visited London (Covent Garden and Clapham), Guildford, Oxford and Bristol to belatedly celebrate the launch of the Paris Lit Up Magazine n°3. Sure, it came out in September but, you know, time difference and all that. The Poetry Café welcomed us into their cave and, like last year, we found ourselves with a full room of friends, family and curious strangers. Clapham Books reserved their upstairs Children’s Section for our cosy evening, full of  Parisian tarts, cheap wine and Where’s Wally (or Waldo or Charlie). The Keystone in Guildford squeezed us lovingly into a music open mic, full of reggae and regale. We were treated like royalty by the effervescent Janice and Donall...

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PLU Grand Tourists – Italy 2016

Posted on 29 Mar 2016 in News | 0 comments

Following in the footsteps of the old masters, Paris Lit Up embarks on our Grand Tour of Italy this spring. Writers, musicians and artists from Paris will descend upon five Italian cities for readings, performances and festivities in collaboration with local associations at the forefront of contemporary culture. Building a new Europe of creativity and imagination from the bottom up, we invite you to join us to celebrate life, art… and excellent wine! For the complete program, see here:   Edward Bell had a lustrum of Latin and French studies at the University of Oxford that left him with strongly European values. But instead of consecrating his time to the public forum, he looks for the innate and private beauty of this world, pouring over ancient texts of arcane knowledge in the search of lost time. A pedagogue at heart, he loves sharing knowledge...

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Grand Tour Italy 2016

Posted on 5 Mar 2016 in News | 0 comments

Join Paris Lit Up from April 13th-20th in Florence, Bologna, Venice, Padua, Trieste Following in the footsteps of the old masters, Paris Lit Up embarks on our Grand Tour of Italy this spring. Ten writers, musicians and artists from Paris will descend upon five Italian cities for readings, performances and festivities in collaboration with local associations at the forefront of contemporary culture. Building a new Europe of creativity and imagination from the bottom up, we invite you to join us to celebrate life, art… and excellent wine! Wednesday, April 13th – Florence in collaboration with Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry La Polveriera Spazio Comune (Via Santa Reparata 12) 18.00-19.30 – Live Painting and Graffiti Aperitivo 19.30-20.30 – Open Mic & Jam Session 20.30-22.00 – Multimedia poetic performance featuring Paris Lit Up Thursday, April 14th – Bologna in collaboration with Collettivo Universitario Autonomo Aula...

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Paris Lit Up Magazine n°3 England tour

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 in News | 0 comments

Paris Lit Up is taking an elite team of volunteers to the fair shores of England to share our beautiful magazine n°3 with our neighbours. We’ll be hosting & performing around the country from March 21 – 27.  We’d like to invite as many people as possible to come and read/perform at our (free) launch nights. So, if you’re based near London, Oxford, Guildford or Bristol, please come along – or send a friend – to support the work we do, say hello, read your work, and pick up a copy of the magazine! 7.30pm, Monday 21/03/2016: The Poetry Café, Covent Garden, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX 7pm Tuesday 22/03/2016: Clapham Books, 26 The Pavement, Clapham Common, London SW4 0JA 8.30pm Wednesday 23/03/2016: The Keystone, 3 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 4BL 7.30pm Thursday 24/03/2016: Albion Beatnik Bookstore, 34 Walton St, Oxford, OX2 6AA 6.30pm Friday 25/03/2016: The Arts House 108A...

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Paris Lit Up Roman Writing Retreat 2016

Posted on 2 Feb 2016 in News | 0 comments

– Only Paris is worthy of Rome, only Rome is worthy of Paris. Paris Lit Up is proud to present the second edition of our Roman Writing Retreat. This year we will be writing and workshoping in Italy from  Sunday, June 12th through Sunday, June 19th, 2016. Join us as we escape the city for this 7-day writing holiday in the picturesque Italian countryside. Set at the independently owned and operated La Preta Nera country home, applicants will spend one week honing their writing skills through daily group feedback workshops, collective and individual generative exercises and 3 master classes including our featured author and writing coach, Shannon Cain. La Preta Nera is a charming traditional house in the heart of the historic center of Giuliano di Roma, in Ciociaria. The original medieval village was built on top of the crater of an extinct volcano and the guest house is named after the basaltic stone from...

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