Etienne Rouziès

Writer, historian and librarian

Northern Catalonia

15 to 29 January 2017

Biography —

Etienne Rouziès (1979) is writer, historian and librarian. Graduated from the Ecole nationale des Chartes, he worked on medieval litterature and book history. As a librarian, he organized exhibitions on artist books, engraving and photography. In 2013, he dedicated an exhibition and a catalog to the French poet Georges-Emmanuel Clancier, one of the representants of the Résistance littéraire during the Second World War. At the same time, he carries on a personal literary activity. Reader of Léon-Paul Fargue and Jacques Réda, one of his areas of research consists in exploring the poetical potential of town and walk. He published the Petit traité d’odologie à l’usage de Perpignan et d’ailleurs (Voix éditions, 2008, rééd. 2015), a poetical essay on the art of walking based on his experiences across Perpignan. He created and maintains Le Vent des Rues, a blog where he publishes short travel stories, photographies, draws, poems and explores the Perpignan of the writer Claude Simon.

Project —

Walking in the town is a poetic and intense experience full of surprises, reminiscences and apparitions.

My project, Olot-Records d’excursió, aims at translating into words this experience, taking Olot as laboratory. I will write travel stories based on my walks, combining  miscellaneousimpressions, meetings, architectural details, historical digressions. They will include graphic and poetic games with the topography of the town. They could be focussed around specific themes like the underground town.