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12th edition of the festival

This year the festival takes us on a journey that starts in London and leads, via Occitanie and Provence, to Venice.  Wine takes centre stage, with passion for ‘le terroir’ in a lecture musicale with a glass in hand.   

In the French programme, Leonor de Recondo plunges us into the Venice of Vivaldi.  Catherine Bernard, a wine enthusiast, invites us to taste the elixir of the gods and Elrik Fabre Maigné with Vincent Pouchet cello for the musical readings in french and english .  The story of Italian migrants who found refuge in Occitanie is told to us by Alain Monnier. The shepherdess Violaine Bérot brings us her own, contemporary reinvention of Virgil’s Bucolics. And, as well as sharing his latest work on the photographer Pierre Apraxine, Jean Poderos will also lift the lid on the world of professional literary editors.

In the English programme, migration is also a key theme, along with colonialism and its fallout.  Booker–shortlisted Sunjeev Sahota brings us grief, guilt and secrets against the backdrop of a trade-union election.  Debut novelist Nicolas Padamsee explores being young, male and influenced by far-right ideology.  Matthew Parker transports us to the era of the Empire showing us how common issues continue to resonate. And for lighter relief, Mary Lou Longworth invites us to solve the mystery of a vanishing museum in Provence and Melanie Cantor’s comedy proves that the best things can come from disaster. 

Our guests

French authors

English authors

Festival highlights

The activities and events organised each year during the Festilitt festival.

Meetings and book signings

Musical readings

Literary meals

Book table

Festilitt children

Literary Coffee


Artist’s Exhibition

Dictee du festilitt

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Mélanie Cantor

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Practical information

Coming to Parisot

By road

Parisot lies to the east of the A20 between Cahors and Montauban.

By train

On the Toulouse – Capdenac line, stop at Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Najac or Lexos station.

On the Toulouse-Cahors line, stop at Caussade station

By plane

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

Where to stay

Mas de Cazes, chambres d’hôtes, 82160 Parisot, 05 81 98 51 16 

Mas de Laché, un gîte et chambres d’hôtes, 82160 Parisot, 05 63 02 23 91

Mas de Carrié, chambres d’hôtes, 82160 Parisot, 09 51 50 25 95

Gite d’étape François Cazes, Lieu-Dit Leymou, 82160 Parisot, 05 63 65 70

Studio de bois blanc (2 personnes), 82160 Puylagarde, 06 51 31 95 43 ​​

Le Coutillard, gîte, cabine & 3 roulottes, 82160 Parisot, 06 32 13 53 12

La Bergerie, gîte rural, 82160 Parisot, 05 63 67 06 85​

Julien Basse, gîte pour 5 personnes, 82160 Parisot, 05 63 65 73 80​

Eating out

Auberge de la Castille5 rue de la Mairie, 82160 Parisot, 05 63 24 02 14

Fourchettes et Cie, 1 Place du Foirail, 82160 Parisot, 05 63 64 05 14

Our partners and supporters

Festilitt would like to thank the association’s friends and benefactors, all the volunteers and the festival hosts: Parisot Town Hall, Ginals Town Hall, Castanet Town Hall, Parisot Media Library, La Folle Avoine Bookshop, Le Tracteur Savant Bookshop, LibraryLit, APE de Parisot, Association Rencontre & Partage, Le Soleil parisotain, ASCOP, CFM radio Caylus, FIFI, Boulangerie Barroul, Boulangerie Viguié, La Parisotaine, Fourchettes et Cie, Auberge de la Castille, Traiteur Brigitte Bach and La cave S’o.

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