I had the great pleasure of meeting Hugh Coltman during the Marciac Jazz festival in the South West of France at the end of July. Born in the West Country, close to Bristol, Hugh Coltman has been living in Paris since 2000.
Here we are in a small town in the Gers department in South West France. This year around 200,000 visitors are expected to descend upon the village for the Marciac Jazz festival. It sounds impossible, but it works!
Thomas Ovans gets to grips with an intriguing novel by John Lucas which deals with a small-town jazz musician’s rather complicated love life.
Northern Ireland’s permanent representation in Brussels periodically brings to the capital of Europe a sample of Northern Irish culture in a spirit of cross-cultural exchange that risks being disrupted in the event of a Brexit.
John Lucas is impressed by the depth and range of literary and musical knowledge displayed in a new collection of essays by Jim Burns