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Ivy Writers Paris with Edith Msika, Laurent Grisel, Richard Makin and Jeff Hilson

June 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


2nd June from 19h30: Ivy Writers Paris celebrates the end of the 2014-2015 season with spectacular readings by Edith Msika, Laurent Grisel, Richard Makin and Jeff Hilson.



Jeff Hilson is a British author whose books include stretchers (2006, Reality Street), The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (ed.) (2008, Reality Street), Bird bird (2009, Landfill) and In The Assarts (2010, Veer Books). He is currently working on a long poem-sequence called “Organ Music” sections of which have appeared in Fence, Infinite Editions, Open Letter, Painted, spoken, VLAK, Cambridge Literary Review and as a very attractive broadside from Crater Press. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, London and runs the reading series Xing the Line.

Laurent Grisel, born in 1952 at Boulogne-Billancourt, is a poet and translator. For almost 6 years he was a factory worker in the Paris suburbs and then in the region of Dunkerk. For 9 years, permanent memeber of a national consumer use association (CLCV). From 1992 to 2001, environmental consultant (Écobilan SA). Currently, he devotes the majority of his time to writing. Among his many books, one might note his poetry collections Poèmes brefs, poèmes faciles à lire; (La Font Secrète, VII, Plein Chant éd., Bassac, Charente ; Du Lérot éd., Tusson, 1985), S’en sauver, (Wigwam éd., Rennes, 2002), Qui ne disent mot, (in revue Triages, Anthologie 2005, Tarabuste éditeur, Saint-Benoît-du-Sault, avril 2005), Poèmes improvisés sur des thèmes siciliens ou crus tels suivis de Fabriques de clichés, (Palerme, La Notte dei Mile Raconte, juillet 2005) and Bestiaire corse as well as the artist books Un hymne à la paix and Cycle de vie. Also the translator into French of Cid Corman, Grisel and Rüdiger Fischer published, Pith water / eau-forte / wasserfraft in 1998. Finally, Grisel an author of prose, including the books and extracts Une anthologie, Pratiquer l’éco-conception, Les jardins de René Pechère, Les analyses du cycle de vie d’un produit ou d’un service, applications et mise en pratique and Chat ! At the request of Julien Kirch, on his site Archiloque, Grisel tells of « 5 little known things on the subject of himsemf ». Laurent Grisel also created the site and is a key member of the editorial commitéé for For more on Grisel, also see his personal site : Among his current projects, are : Climats andDescartes tira l’épée and Des beautés imparfaites and the webpage dedicated to Journal de la crise de 2006, 2007, 2008, d’avant et d’après.

You can also read a wide selection of articles and extracts from other texts by Grisel on the site. Poet Gilles Weinzaepflen made a film including a reading of extracts by L Grisel which is at :

Richard Makin is a British writer, poet and artist. His latest novel, Mourning, was just published by Equus Press in May, 2015. This is the third in a trilogy of books, following on from Dwelling (Reality Street) and Work (Great Works). Other publications include Forword and Universlipre (both Equipage Press) and the anthologies Foil (Etruscan Books) and The Reality Street Book Of Sonnets. He has participated as a guest reader for the prose set the past two years of the Prague Poetry Festival and has work in issues of Vlak. For more on Richard, see here.

Édith Msika was born in February 1957, 10 days before the publication of Roland Barthe’s Mythologies. Her childhood passed quickly from Reims to Manosque and before she knew it she found herself living in Paris after a brief stopover in Bordeax bordelaise. In Paris, she studied Linguistics and Literature and accidentally found herself exercing the profession of semiologist. During all of this she had composed some poems of youth which, once published, were later burned. Blank years passed and the century changed when, feeling more at ease, she wrote a novel which appeared with éditions POL, Une théorie de l’attachement (2002) Since, she wrote a text for the photogrpahy book Art people or employees, Susanne Strassmann, Al Dante, 2011 and has published two short stories in Gérontologie sans frontières, n° 165, 1er trimestre 2013 as well as quite a few texts online, in particular: on, Introduction to the sleep of Beckett in April 2013 or extracts from Letterbox (La boîte aux lettres) and more extracts from the introduction to the sleep of Beckett as well as, on the site Lire, in January 2012 in the writer’s workshop on the POL site at – Like a Comorant, 2014



June 2, 2015
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Dellaville Cafe
34 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
Paris, 75010 France
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