near Tours, a great first for À Hauteur de mots

near Tours, a great first for À Hauteur de mots
near Tours, a great first for À Hauteur de mots

Daniel Picouly, Nathalie Saint-Cricq, Périco Légasse, Patrice Duhamel… The names of the guests of the first edition of the À Hauteur de mots festival suggest the best for the Pentecost weekend.

During the three days of this last long weekend in May, Rochecorbon therefore hosts the very first edition of this new literary event, supported by the eponymous association.

At Height of Words offers more than just meetings with guest authors. Readings, shows and events dedicated to young audiences punctuate these three days. With twenty-eight events scheduled at the Vodanum hall, in Rochecorbon, and under a marquee installed next to the hall, especially for young spectators, the first edition of À Hauteur de mots is ambitious.

The word in all its forms

” My desire, explains the founder and director of the festival Christiane Perez, was to bring together writers and artists from diverse backgrounds around the different registers of the word, written, read, sung or declaimed. » Thus, the festival is interested “to the Word in all its forms, in all universes, as well in literature as in theater, in poetry, slam, humor or French song”.

Christiane Perez, who is from Tours and studied languages ​​at the University of Tours, has been thinking about setting up this project for several years. “In Paris, I worked in publishing and I had the idea of ​​creating an event where the word would be the common thread. »

Daniel Picouly, Nathalie Saint-Cricq, Périco Légasse, Patrice Duhamel…

It is therefore a done deal with the holding of this first high-level edition. The festival president is none other than the writer Daniel Picouly, who has published around thirty books including The Leopard Child (winner of the Renaudot prize in 1999), The night of Lampedusa, The spelling mistake is my native language… In Rochecorbon, he will perform his show on Sunday May 19 Tipsy!, theatrical adaptation of his latest book The Tears of Wine.

A meeting with Daniel Picouly is also planned for Monday May 20, at 4 p.m., in the room provided in Vodanum for the meetings. Since there are many: with political journalist, columnist and author Patrice Duhamel, Sunday May 19, at 11 a.m.; with the writer and teacher, doctor in political science, Patrick Tudoret, or the author and musician based in Tours, Jacques Perry-Salkow, on May 19, at 3:30 p.m.

The journalist and writer Nathalie Saint-Cricq, patron of the festival, will also be in Rochecorbon for a meeting, Saturday May 18, at 11 a.m. The godfather is a well-known author and columnist in Touraine, Périco Légasse.

Numerous readings should delight lovers of words with, in particular, the arrival of the actress and member of the Comédie Française Françoise Gillard, who will read The Tendrils of the Vine by Colette, Saturday May 18, at 11 a.m. Or even the Correspondence between Victor Hugo and Juliette Drouet, Monday, May 20, at 11 a.m.

Among the many shows for young audiences, we can note the Little concert with friends by Rocky Bulle, Monday May 20, at 4 p.m., under the big top, or even In search of the lost cuddly toy by Abricadabra Théâtre, (for ages 1-6), Sunday May 19, at 3:30 p.m.

Many other surprises await the first festival-goers. They will be able to hear Brel, Barbara, words slammed and sung, laugh with Sebastian Marx or learn everything about Tree mythology.

From May 18 to 20, 2024, Vodanum room, in Rochecorbon. Prices: meetings with authors are free. Paid readings and shows. Program and tickets on



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