The English Library in Corrèze

The English Library in Corrèze

Do you speak English? Would you like to improve your English? Would you like to have somewhere where you can meet for language classes, conversation in French and English and which is a centre for information?

We have just opened a small English Library for all those who want to borrow and read books in English, and, we hope, for much more. We have some 1,500 books already, with more arriving all the time, plus a growing collection of DVDs and CDs – and are all set up and ready to lend!

But there is more we want to do.

We want to act as a meeting point, and not just for the English speaking community. We hope to start French and English classes and conversation groups.

We want to be the base for clubs – we already have a Writers’ Club and Chess Club, and have contacts with the local school in Lagrauliere.

We very much want to be an information centre, able to assist or at least point people in the right direction.

When we are successful we hope to move into larger premises in a town centre, but for the present we are in the purpose built library of the Chateau de Bellefond near Lagrauliere. The owners of this delightful and historical 17th century chateau, Janie Busch and Ashley Waltz, have kindly offered to adopt us until we grow too big!

Membership of the library is 15€ a year for families, 10€ a year for single people and 7€ a year for students, and for that you can borrow 8 books for 3 weeks. We will initially be open on Saturday afternoons from 2 – 5pm – and refreshments will be available.

For more details please see our website at

Writers Abroad

Weekend of talks,discussions,workshop activities for published and amateur writers. September 28th,29th and 30th 2012.

Many famous writers have all lived abroad at some time in their lives. Often their writing has been enriched by the experience. Is this the same for you? Or have you found too many difficulties in an alien culture?

Have there been new directions with your writing which you never dreamed would be the case?
What positives and negatives have you found in living abroad?

This writers’ weekend is for those writers working and/or living abroad
Writing may be a hobby or you may have greater ambitions.

Come and spend some time with writers who have spent time abroad and listen and work with them to improve your writing skills.
This weekend is also about sharing and supporting writers.

You may need some particular help with your writing. There will be time this weekend for personal advice and tuition

The weekend will be held at the Chateau de Bellefond which is tucked away in the middle of the Correzien countryside. It is surrounded by beautiful parkland and has its own lake. The Chateau is run by Janie Busch who is a member of our Limousin Writers’ Group. She will also provide comfortable accommodation as it is a Chambres d’Hotes.

There will be opportunities to explore the countryside and go on woodland walks. Many marked footpaths surround the chateau and the local village is only a 20 minute walk away (5 minutes by car). The Chateau is also the home of the English Library of Correze (so you will have plenty to read !).

For more details get in touch with me ( Sue Crampton organiser ): [email protected]

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