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Part of OrneLink’s remit is to facilitate social and linguistic exchange between members. Many expat members of the network would like to improve their French; but lessons can be costly, inconvenient and hard to stick at. There are also many French members who would love the opportunity to practice or improve their English.

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Grand Ouest Authors


A new group in North-West France hopes to bring an end to the isolation felt by many English-language book authors living in France. Grand Ouest Authors (GOA) provides a free network for writers in Brittany, Normandy and the Pays de la Loire, and it’s seeking new members who are interested in joining forces to promote themselves and their books.

Membership is free. The only requirement is that you have one or more books in print (via a mainstream publisher, or self-published) or that you are working on a book project with the aim of publishing in the near future. All subjects and genres are welcome, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography.

The GOA website provides a shop window for authors and their books, a group blog, an online shop and a forum to exchange ideas and organise events.

But the aim is also to have a presence in the real world, with authors collaborating on activities such as group book signings, attendance at cultural events and marketing to local retail outlets.

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