Gabrielle Jaffe… Your ancestors must have crossed the channel around the time of the Norman Conquest. Mine escaped the coal mines of the Isle of Jersey, part of Great Britain, with a population that speaks mostly a form of French. It helps to be mildly schizophrenic. I’ve been a rabid francophile and an intermittent francophone for a long time. Most recently, I taught in Vietnam. Now I am a Buddhist monk with a vow to teach others. I do this in a fashion similar to what you do here, but I compare and contraste Anglo/American stuff with the French counterparts. I like this site and look forward to getting updates.
I am an English writer/actor and I live in France. I’ve recently published to Amazon Kindle my new book “Gauguin’s Ghost Story” and (lacking JK Rowling’s promotional budget) looking for platforms to critique or review or support the work, which is extremely well-researched. I explore in detail the Gauguin story and his links with his friends and family, including his relationships with other Impressionist painters at the same time as creating a one-man show about him on a shoestring budget! Travel, immigration, art, culture, theatre, creativity, great food and wine – it’s all here, intelligently told with wit and humour.