Cultural programme

Suggestion: The Chanteuse at The Portico Library

The Chanteuse a.k.a. Lucy Hope, has released an album of songs written by eminent French writer, Patrick Modiano (Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014). It is little known that Modiano penned exquisite lyrics for some of the famous yéyé recording artists in the late 60s/early 70s.

She gave a concert at the Alliance Française last November.
For those who missed Lucy, or who would like to hear more, there is another chance to see her in concert at The Portico Library this Friday 13 July at 6:30pm.

Dr Barbara Lebrun, Senior Lecturer in French Studies at The University of Manchester will introduce the evening with a short introductory lecture on the work and life of Modiano, followed by a live performance from The Chanteuse who will sing the songs Modiano wrote early in his career.

Lyrically, they are typically "Modianesque": a term which has come to mean ambiguous, uncertain or to do with mysteries that slowly unravel themselves. They’re a real treat for fans of his novels and serve as early examples of themes found in his literature such as nostalgia, mystery and loss.
The Chanteuse, a Francophone torch-singer from Manchester, has specialised in performing French chanson and variété for the last seven years. Writing her Oxford MA dissertation on the work of Patrick Modiano and how his writing contributes to the depiction of voids and absences (both physical and metaphysical) in European literature and visual arts, Hope has become an expert in this field. The album has received warm reviews in national French press.

Members of the Alliance Française de Manchester will be entitled to a discounted entry rate. To buy your ticket, select the Member price (£12), following the link here.