Saturday, 16 April 2011

What's on in Bordeaux

   If you're strolling around the Chartrons in Bordeaux and you fancy a glass of wine, a spot of poetry or anything else Omar Khayyam was keen on then you should swing by 'Paul's Place'. Unfortunately there's no taxidermy, but there are lots of books and Paul and his son Jack make for entertaining company. You can also eat there while you read, drink, be entertained etc..

   There are film nights and poetry readings in French and in English. It's worth noting that when Paul reads a poem he becomes so engrossed in the experience that a sort of literary osmosis occurs causing him to gradually morph into the poet being read. Here we see him perusing Ted Hughes, the jaw turning lantern, the nose putting on a spurt...  

   Watching him recite Marianne Moore is not for the faint-hearted.