Virginia Woolf wrote my biography before me when publishing Orlando, a century ago” says trans writer and philosopher Paul B. Preciado.

Published in 1928, Virginia Woolf’s pioneering novel tells the story of a young man who transmigrates into different bodies, from man to woman, through the centuries. By deconstructing the binary system of gender identities, Orlando finds a powerful relevance in today’s queer theory. In a conversation with author, academic and literary critic Merve Emre, philosopher and writer Paul B. Preciado will discuss how Orlando resonates with his personal transformation, writing and theory, and became the main inspiration of his upcoming film, Orlando : ma biographie politique.

Related / Latest Publications:
Paul B. Preciado, Dysphoria mundi (Grasset, 2022)
Paul B. Preciado, Can the Monster Speak, translated by Frank Wynne (Fitzcarraldo, 2021)
8.15pm Ciné Lumière I
£15, £13

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Paul B. Preciado Merve Emre


What makes you you? London-based French illustrator Pauline Kerleroux invites you to create your self-portrait... as a sock.
Discover how to use colour, composition and detail to give inanimate objects a personality. A fun exercise that will change the way you perceive yourself - and your socks - forever.

11am Bibliothèque Quentin Blake
£9, £7

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Pauline Kerleroux


Open to everyone interested in discussing philosophical issues, this festival edition of the Café Philo wonders: “Is the function of the author to reveal the world, or to invent it?”

10.30am La Médiathèque


To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Colette, let’s wander into the musical landscape of the celebrated author of the Claudine series, The Vagabond or Gigi. On the occasion, pianist Julie Anna Zappalà invites you to a musical journey with pieces by composers of the late 19th century and early 20th century such as Poulenc and Ravel.

Novelette sur un thème de Manuel de Falla
Mouvement perpétuel n°3
Improvisation n°13, FP170
Improvisation n°15, FP176

Nocturne n°1 op.33

Docteur Gradus ad Parnassum
Arabesque n°1

Menuet Antique
Kaddisch (transcription par Siloti)
Pavane pour une infante défunte

La machine à laver

8.30pm Les Salons

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Julie Anna Zappalà


Poet and artist Tarek Lakhrissi explores the themes of desire, queer poetic and empowerment through a reading followed by a conversation
with curator Lynton Talbot. The discussion will delve into the relation between his writing and visual arts practice, and his use of language as a tool for resistance and self-defence.

Related / Latest Publication:
Tarek Lakhrissi, Le sang !/Blood! (Lafayette Anticipations, 2022)
6pm Les Salons
£9, £7

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Tarek Lakhrissi Lynton Talbot