Bruno Doucey

Guest at the 2018 Books & Music Festival

For Bruno Doucey, born in 1961 in the Jura, poetry is an art of hospitality, "a journey by which we mix our cultural and human heritage to build a new art of living together", a resistance that leads to light. After having directed the Seghers editions, he founded with the novelist Murielle Szac in 2010 a publishing house dedicated to the defense of world poetry and militant values.

But he is also a novelist most often focusing on reviving great figures of murdered poets like Max Jacob (The recovered notebook of Mr. Max, Ed. B. Doucey, 2015), Marianne Cohn (If you speak Marianne, Elytis editions, 2014), Victor Jara (Victor Jara, no to dictatorship, Actes Sud Junior, 2008) Federico Garcia Lorca (Federico Garcia Lorca, no to Franco Actes Sud Junior, 2010) and the Kabyle singer Lounès Matoub, (Lounès Matoub, No to the fools of god, Actes Sud Junior, January 2018).

His latest collections, If there is a country et Those who are silent were published by Éditions Bruno Doucey (2013 and 2016). Also the author of numerous poetry anthologies (Passengers in exile, War at war, Long live freedom, Songs of miscegenation, 120 shades of Africa), Bruno Doucey continues to be the voice of poets, whom he makes heard in countless situations of reading aloud.

Project manager of Book of deserts (Robert Laffont, 2005) and author of The Desert Adventurer (Elytis, 2010), he is, according to René Depestre, preface of his Secret poems (Le Nouvel Athanor, 2007), "a solar surveyor equipped with sand and wind".


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