Arnaud Cathrine

Invited to the 2018 Books & Music Festival

Born in Nièvre in 1973, Arnaud Cathrine studied modern literature and English in Paris. Immersed in music during his adolescence (piano and singing taught by his grandfather, an organist and organ builder), he began writing at the age of fifteen: short stories and many novels interrupted at the end of the first chapter. He published his first book, Les Yeux secs, in 1998 with Editions Verticales. He was 23 years old. Since then, he has published about thirty novels. On the one hand, in general literature: Sweet home, La disparition de Richard Taylor, Les garçons perdus, Je ne retrouve personne, Pas exactement l'amour (Prix de la nouvelle de l'Académie Française) as well as an essay on his bedside books: Nos vies romancées. On the other hand in children's literature: I am a boy, I am the shame of the family, I am the idol of my father ... Recently, he published in the collection R of Éditions Robert Laffont the first two volumes of a series for young adults - In the place of the heart - having to do with the experience of the attacks of 2015; the third volume will be released next March.
Outside of this main furrow, Arnaud Cathrine particularly likes to open the field of exploration of writing: he adapted his novel The Road to Midland for the cinema with Eric Caravaca (released in 2004 under the title Le Passager with Julie Depardieu) as well as Je ne retrouve personne, broadcast on Arte in 2015 under the title Neuf jours en hiver (director: Alain Tasma). Eric Caravaca has since become a "brother" of writing.
He is a literary advisor for three festivals: "Les Correspondances de Manosque" (for nearly 17 years), "Tandem" (Nevers), "Les émancipés" (Vannes), as well as for the Maison de la Poésie (Paris) where he continues his collaboration with Olivier Chaudenson. This is his "job": he couldn't dream of anything better since he finds a particular pleasure in admiring others, a pleasure that is completely selfish, by the way: thus he can meet and listen to his idols, whether they come from literature, music or theater.
And then there is the experience of the stage, so important (so much so that he now dares to define himself as an author and performer). In 2008, Frère animal was a novel co-sung and co-written with Florent Marchet (book/album published by Editions Verticales). Florent Marchet : the other brother of creation. The stage transcription brought together the two companions, as well as Valérie Leulliot (Autour de Lucie) and Nicolas Martel (Las Sondas Marteles). Frère animal has performed in Paris at the Café de la Danse, the Bouffes du Nord and the Européen as well as in the provinces for three years. In 2013, he played alongside Nathalie Richard in the stage adaptation of her book Le journal intime de Benjamin Lorca, directed by Ninon Brétécher (104 and Théâtre Monfort). In 2015, he wrote a show performed by Anna Mouglalis and directed by the same Ninon Brétécher: Sérénades.
October 2016: the second part of the adventure Frère animal is published by Pias, as an album this time. After the Francofolies de La Rochelle, La Philharmonie de Paris and the Trianon (the group is accompanied for the occasion by Bernard Lavilliers and Jeanne Cherhal), the show toured throughout France.
Arnaud Cathrine has two books in progress, a musical reading ready to go on the road with Florent Marchet, a fiction film to be written with Eric Caravaca... He will have plenty of time to rest when he is dead.



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