Philo Bistro

WORDS & WONDERS: A literary affair with authors Nicolas Fargues and Elisa Shua Dusapin


Wednesday 13 December

At 6.15 pm


257 Clarence St, CBD, Sydney



$15 non members
$10 for members
A glass of wine included

Join us for the grand finale of this year's Philo Bistro series, featuring a captivating exploration into the art of writing with two of the most respected French writers, Nicolas Fargues and Elisa Shua Dusapin. Our dynamic duo du soir will connect with us via zoom, offering an in-depth exploration of their latest masterpieces: La Péremption (by Nicolas) and Le vieil incendie (by Elisa). This unique encounter promises a treasure trove of stories and profound insights into the craft of writing. The session will be held in person at the Alliance Française and artfully facilitated by our long standing host and writer, Olivier Vojetta.  

About Nicolas Fargues

Nicolas Fargues is a French author renowned for his exploration of contemporary themes and his distinct narrative style. From 1998 to 2002, his career spanned various roles in journalism, libraries and publishing. He made his literary debut with Le Tour du propriétaire (2000) and followed it with Demain si vous le voulez bien (2001). Fargues first garnered major public and critical acclaim with One Man Show (2002), a novel drawing from his media experiences and featuring encounters with celebrities who he found "smaller and more tired than on the screen". His most recent book is La Péremption (2023).

About Elisa Shua Dusapin

Elisa Shua Dusapin is a contemporary French-Korean author, acclaimed for her unique writing style and ability to capture the complexities of human relationships. In 2016, she published her first novel, Hiver à Sokcho, which explores themes of identity, isolation, and cultural dislocation. The novel won numerous awards, including the National Book Award for Translated Literature, the Prix Robert-Walser, Prix Alpha and the Prix Régine-Deforges. Her most recent work, Le vieil incendie (2023), has recently earned her the very prestigious Prix Wepler.

Join us for a special soirée of discussion, reflection and meaningful exchange.

Discover our series of philosophy meet-ups - à la française!

During these themed sessions moderated by published author, Olivier Vojetta, explore ideas of social and cultural importance, unpack contemporary issues and re-examine how you understand the world. Each meet-up is an opportunity to engage in friendly debate and discussion over a glass of wine, whilst practising your French speaking, listening and comprehension skills. 

We recommend French level B2+ to participate. No additional preparation is necessary. 

About your moderator:

Olivier Vojetta was born in Nancy, France and lived in London for more than 10 years before moving Down Under with his Australian wife. He is a fiction writer who has published several novels in French. 

Full program:

Please note that a separate booking is required to attend each session. 



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Tuesday 21 March, 6:30pm,


The Alliance Française de Sydney invited the exceptional author, Philippe Besson on the day of the Australian release of the film Lie with me by Olivier Peyon.

Based on his autobiographical novel, Arrête avec tes mensonges, the film is screened at the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, the largest festival of French cinema outside France.

This meeting, hosted by Olivier Vojetta, focussed on the genesis of the film, the author's experience, and the role of cinema in extending a literary work.

Wednesday 10 May, 6:30pm,


Culture, Work and “Class Defectors”

An exceptional soirée of French debate and discussions with member of French Parliament Stéphane Vojetta.
Focus will be on so called “class defectors” (“transfuges de classe” in French), and the role that culture, personal values and work can play in forging for oneself a destiny that is on paper out of reach.
What does it take to move from a small provincial town in a disadvantaged area to the elite world of high finance and then onto front row in politics?

Our host Olivier Vojetta will explore these questions and many more with his special guest.

Wednesday 7 June, 6:30pm,


So, you want to be a writer? 

An exceptional soirée of French debate and discussions with award-winning novelist, editor and literary critic Marc Villemain. Delve into what life is like as a writer, the ups and downs of creativity and the long, uncertain journey to being published. What are some of the key challenges to become a writer? What does it take to write a story that finds its public in today’s world? What are some of the risks and opportunities arising from Artificial Intelligence technologies such as ChatGPT in the book industry? Explore these questions, using Villemain’s latest novel “Il faut croire au printemps” (“We must believe in spring”) as compelling case study.

Wednesday 5 July, 6:30pm,

Behind the scenes of the film industry 

Delve into the captivating realm of cinema with an exceptional soirée of French debate and discussions with actress Paula Garcia (Bump, “Little White Lies”/Les Petits Mouchoirs) and actor and stuntman, Bruno Bonelli. The pair will join us in person in Sydney to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the reality of life in the film industry at our next Philo Bistro event!
Being partners both on and off the screen, they’ll share tales of their acting journey, from the genesis of their passion for acting to their enthralling debuts. Having both spent considerable time in France, they'll put a special focus on their experiences in the French cinema.
Together, they’ll delve into the essence of what makes a movie truly resonate – the emotions that tug at our heartstrings, from love and rage to sorrow and joy. This, and more, will be revealed in this spellbinding evening. Don’t forget to bring your popcorn!

Wednesday 16 August, 6:30pm,

One night with a spy 

Come and meet former fighter pilot and spy Jack Beaumont for an exceptional tell-all night about life as an elite undercover agent working for the renowned French intelligence unit DGSE. Jack Beaumont, the author of the bestselling novel "The Frenchman," recently released in France as "L'Homme sans nom," will grace us with his presence in what promises to be a rare and memorable encounter with a former spy. We will delve into Jack’s extraordinary experiences, from his childhood as an unconditional fan of the movie "Top Gun" to the present day, where the past sometimes erupts in his daily life, bringing forth long-forgotten nightmares and more.

Wednesday 13 September, 6:30pm,


Love Letters from Paris 

Spring is known as the season of lovers, so it's only fitting that we're welcoming world-renowned author Camille Laurens for an extraordinary romance-themed Philo Bistro in September. A major voice on the contemporary literary scene, Camille Laurens will speak with us via Zoom to delve into big questions, such as the influence of our loved ones on our identity and how love has changed in a digital age. She's authored numerous books throughout her illustrious career, including Dans ces bras-là (In Those Arms), a number one bestseller in France and her first book to be translated into English.

Wednesday 11 October, 6:30pm,

The Journey of Roses 

Every rose tells a story... We are excited to host the award-winning French author Oscar Coop-Phane via Zoom for a special evening of discussion about the fascinating journey of roses. In his latest book, "Rose Nuit," we embark on a journey through Ethiopian greenhouses, the sprawling flower market of Amsterdam, and the winding alleyways of Paris to unravel the complexities of the international rose trade. During this engaging Philo Bistro event hosted by author Olivier Vojetta, we will delve deep into the creative and investigative mindset of Oscar Coop-Phane. He will share his personal journey as an accomplished writer and provide unique insights into the state of our world.

Wednesday 8 November, 6:30pm,

The Paris Cooking School


The Paris Cooking School Join us for an enlightening discussion with author Sophie Beaumont just days after the official release of her latest novel, “The Paris Cooking School”, and discover the art of embracing a French lifestyle, no matter where you live.
Be among the first to delve into her book, released on 1st November, and immerse yourself in a narrative filled with love, hope, second chances, and the irresistible allure of French cuisine against the enchanting backdrop of the City of Lights. This exclusive event promises to be a treat for the soul as Sophie unveils the inspiration behind her novel. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on the novel before the event, don't miss the chance to bring it along for a special autograph session with the author herself.


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