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Victor Hugo Weekend - "Combattant"

23 Jun - 25 Jun
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23 - 25 June 

The Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society is preparing its 2023 celebratory weekend featuring Victor Hugo’s many ventures as a campaigner.

Famous for the books he wrote during his 15 year residence in Guernsey, Les Miserables, Toilers of the Sea, L’Homme qui rit, Legend of the Ages, Théâtré en liberté and many others; he is also notable for the wide range of causes taken-up Hugo throughout his lifetime.

Capital punishment was a particular challenge while he was in the Channel Islands because of a Guernsey hanging, but other campaigns included; Human Rights, Education for all, the prevention of Poverty, Notre Dame Cathedral restoration, Social Justice, United States of Europe, Copyright, Republicism, Anti-Slavery to name just a few!

Seminar speakers are now being engaged and will include: Bradley Stephens, Agathe Giraud, Florence Naugrette, Myriam Roman and Jean-Marc Hovasse.

The weekend will commence with Island and St. Peter Port tours by specialist Hugo tour guides who will show the many island features incorporated in Hugo’s books.

  • Friday evening will include a celebratory supper and speaker at Les Cotîls, centre for the weekend.
  • Saturday is devoted to illustrated presentations that will be screened to Society members and other delegates unable to travel to Guernsey. There will be a break for lunch and arrangements are being made for an evening’s entertainment and dinner.
  • Sunday continues with special tours of Hauteville House, Hugo’s extraordinary home during exile, owned by the City of Paris and considered to be ‘a considerable work of art’.

More details will be available nearer the time on the Victor Hugo in Guernsey Society's website.

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