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The Author’s Residency Prize

  -    -  The Author’s Residency Prize

Each year, the Fondation des Treilles offers to a writer of fiction or essays a privileged place and an allowance to carry out a writing work meant to be published.

Residences are open to experienced authors, writing or publishing in French or working in the field of Francophone culture.

The applications are examined by a jury of 6 people, composed of academics and critics and appointed by the board of directors of the Fondation des Treilles.

The laureates are welcomed between March and November (with an interruption in August), in one of the estate houses. All the necessary equipment to devote themselves entirely to their work is at their disposal, mainly a library and computer connections to the web. Meals and cleaning are provided by the foundation.

The residency comes with a monthly fee of € 2,650, paid accordingly to the length of stay of the residents.

Writers wishing to compete for the Foundation’s Residency Prize are invited to read the rules of procedure.

To know when to send your application, please consult the following page: application deadlines

Reflet dans le lac du bas © Dominique Laugé

Reflet dans le lac du bas © Dominique Laugé

The laureates over the years

Clément Benech, Laurence Lacour, Sophie Divry


Clément Bénech was born in Paris in 1991. After a scientific high school diploma, he studied German, French literature and publishing in Paris, Bordeaux and Berlin. He occasionally writes in the press (Liberation, ArtPassions), especially on painting and photography. In parallel, he writes novels. L’été slovène (The Slovenian Summer) was published in 2013 by Flammarion, then Lève-toi et charme (get up and charm) in 2015, and finally Un amour espion (a spy love) in 2017. The latter earned him the following year’s selection among the “new enlighteners”, or “30 French under 30 who will make Tomorrow’s France ” from Vanity Fair magazine. In 2019, he published an essay, Une fragilité essentielle, le roman à l’ère de l’image (an essential fragility, the novel at the image era), published at Plein Jour, which earned him his first literary prize : the Khôra-Institut de France prize for the 2019 literary essay. He wishes to take advantage of his presence at the Treilles foundation to write a new novel, which will extend his formal research on the incorporation of visual elements in the romantic space, and will relate to concepts as varied as belonging, umbrellas, education and heart prosthesis.

His project: “Where Jeanne Popescu belongs or Made in France”

If you asked her, Jeanne Popescu would with no doubt answer like the little girl she is: “My name is Jeanne, I am ten years old, I live in Olliergues (63), I was born in Clermont-Ferrand in 1998, I like to play jump rope with my friends, draw horses and play Nintendogs on my DS. My dad works at the Aurillac umbrella factory and my mom is a caregiver. ”

But Jeanne’s simple life will cross the path of a comet, in the person of a young teacher, Romain Pécuchard. This Parisian, fresh out of his school of pedagogy, finds himself parachuted in the remote village where Jeanne lives. Very ambitious and eager to revolutionize education as a whole, he will aim at making the little girl – in whom he sees the embodiment of exoticism – a new “Emile” (character of Rousseau’s masterpiece on the education and training of the young). For Jeanne, this meeting will be the starting point of an identity questioning that will take different forms in her teenage years, from couples to charities involvement, by way of new kinds of belonging created by virtual networks.

Besides its subject (belonging), and the three main areas which constitute its pillars, the novel will also continue the formal adventure in which Clément embarked on his second novel, which consists of inserting images within the narrative.

Laurence Lacour

Laurence Lacour was born in 1957 in Orléans, on the banks of the Loire river, “the last wild river in Europe!”. Driven by an early vocation as a journalist, she trained in the demanding school of regional daily press (newspaper and radio), before joining the Europe 1 radio in 1983. As  a special correspondent in the East of France, she accompanied the changes of the 80’s in regions in crisis. In Lorraine, she followed the economic and social collapse of the major industries: coal, steel, textiles, and in Strasbourg, the emergence of today’s Europe (Single Act, enlargement, Franco-German couple, etc.)

But it was the resounding “Grégory affair” (a murdered child investigation), which arose in the Vosges region, that will upset her passionate relationship with her job. Shocked by the numerous media and judicial abuses, she resigned to denounce them in a work that has become a reference, Le bûcher des innocents (The innocents bonfire),  edited by Plon, les Arènes. She continued her study of the 80’s by autopsying the case of contaminated blood in Le chant sacré (sacred song) (Stock editions).

Finally, the confession of a long hike, winter and solitary, towards Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle allowed her to publish a very intimate work, Tout homme est homme (every man is a man) by Bayard publishers. Her three months of residence at the Treilles will allow her to go back again to these crucial years by plunging, in romantic form, into the Troubles of Northern Ireland and a passionate love with, in background, the development of the peace process now threatened by Brexit. “The 80’s years continue to fascinate me. Restoring them allows me to get to know myself even better.”

Her project: “The stuff of heaven”

1989 –  The novel is about a passionate love correspondence during the civil war between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. This conflict, complex, opposing religious and political convictions, purely British and international issues, serves above all as a backdrop for the expression of the two characters. The story is first of all that of two beings at opposite ends of each other called to become fusional. The novel has neither narrator nor dialogues and is based only on the exchange of their letters.

Kiara, a 31-year-old nurse, had to treat wounded or doing a hunger strike IRA activists. In Belfast, she attended a funeral with her father, a former British army officer although a Catholic. They meet a famous 65-year-old lawyer, Sean O’ Mahony, a Dublin-based human rights activist. She already saw him in her hospital when, supporting their mothers, he came to implore the young combatants to eat. That same evening, she revives these memorable memories in a long letter. Moved, the lawyer invites him to his office and from the outset, everyone understands that, despite what separates them (age, social condition), the essentials will unite them. Separated by the invisible border between Belfast and Dublin, they start a correspondence, kept secret, in which they question their meeting. Each illuminates the life of the other. Sean entrusts Kiara to work behind the scenes to bring Protestants and Catholics, Unionists and Republicans together. From their feelings, they manage to weave The stuff of heaven.

Sophie Divry

Born in 1979 in Montpellier, Sophie Divry studied political science. She worked as a journalist for the newspaper “La Décroissance” (the decrease) before devoting herself to writing. She published her first novel, “La Cote 400” in 2010. She is notably the author of “La condition pavillonnaire” (the suburbia condition), “Trois fois la fin du monde” (three times the end of the world) and the essay “Réouvrir le roman” (Reopening the novel). Her work has been published by Notabilia editions. She lives in Lyon.

Violaine Bérot, Eddie Breuil and Spyridon Tegos

The Fondation des Treilles has welcomed in 2019 Violaine Bérot, during three months, for the writing of a fiction which questions the relation of the contemporary man with the nature and the animals, of life on the margin of the consumerist society, of mutual assistance but also the collapse of our industrial civilization. Eddie Breuil, also present for three months, worked on an essay on the “Critique of Poetry”, and Spyridon Tegos, during two months, wrote an essay on the main currents of the Enlightenment concerning the Civility operated by the thought of Adam Smith and its reception in France in the late Enlightenment.


Violaine Bérot was born in 1967 in the heart of the Pyrenean mountains. Life and writing have always been intertwined in her career. From her woman’s body she writes about feelings, emotions, intuitions. Her latest novel, Tombée des Nues (Fallen from the clouds) edited by Buchet-Chastel in 2018, tells through the voices of seven characters the upheaval provoked in a small village community by the birth of an unexpected child. A few years lost in the city, this girl of nature has quickly returned to her sources. Abandoning modernity and growth against a sober life, she has been experimenting for 20 years with living in the margins of our contemporary world. Her current novel project will be about these concerns. The three months of residency at the Fondation des Treilles has allowed her to continue a work initiated in Switzerland at the Michalski Foundation in which she started to discuss about the relationship of the contemporary man to nature and animals, living on the margins of the consumer society, of mutual aid but also of collapse of our industrial civilization.

The blank pages I fill are just the beginnings of my future texts. Writing for me is especially what comes after the first roll. To write is to erase, to scratch, to reformulate, to throw, to reread, to listen, to begin again. It’s gnawing the bone to reach the marrow. “

Eddie Breuil

The Fondation des Treilles hosted Eddie Breuil in 2019, also for three months, for a “Critique of Poetry” essay.

Eddie Breuil was born in Vénissieux. He supported a doctoral thesis with the jury’s congratulations in 2015 on the subject “History and theories of critical edition of modern texts” under the direction of Philippe Régnier. A revised version is to be published by Garnier publishing under the title Methods and practices of the critical edition of modern texts. Holder of the Secondary School teaching diploma of Modern Literature, he teaches French and literature at the Universities of Guadeloupe and Seville, IUT2 Grenoble, ESPE Bordeaux, high school and several colleges REP. He owes a decisive research work Du Nouveau chez Rimbaud (News from Rimbaud), edited by Honoré Champion, obliging to reassign many texts neither signed nor claimed and hastily attributed to Arthur Rimbaud, especially the prose texts traditionally compiled under the title Illuminations. Since 2016, he is a member of the editorial board of the Nouvelle Quinzaine littéraire, today Quinzaines (Fortnight). He is preparing a synoptic edition of the complete works of Isidore Ducasse. Finally, He is also interested in the cultural dimension of chess. During his residency at the Fondation des Treilles, focused on the links between sensitivity and aesthetics. 

Spyridon Tegos

Spyridon Tegos is assistant professor of modern philosophy at the University of Crete, Greece. He has made research trips to Scotland (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh), the USA (Harvard, Princeton) and France as visiting professor (E.N.S. Lyon, Paris II Pantheon-Assas, E.H.E.S.S Paris). His research project focused on a genealogy of social feelings in modernity, particularly with regard to manners and customs in the Scottish and French Enlightenment. He is also interested in the development of a philosophical anthropology at the intersection of the history of philosophy, the history of ideas and the social sciences. During his stay he wrote an essay on the main trends of the Enlightenment concerning civility and its reception in France in the Enlightenment, before and after the Revolution, as part of a genealogy of the ways of the middle class in Europe.

Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Olivier Dhénin and Michaël Ferrier

The Fondation des Treilles welcomed in 2018 Louis-Philippe Dalembert, for four months, for a novel on South-North migration; Olivier Dhenin, for two months, for the completion of his trilogy «The Ordeal »; Michaël Ferrier, also for two months, for the writing of an essay on what he calls « furtive disasters».

Louis-Philippe Dalembert

Louis-Philippe Dalembert was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Poet, novelist, novelist and essayist, he lived alternately in Port-au-Prince, Nancy, Paris, Rome, Jerusalem, Florence, Berlin, Milwaukee, Bern, and traveled wherever his footsteps could carry him … in the ever-renewed echo of his native land. Former resident of the Villa Medicis in Rome, Knight of Arts and Letters, his work has won several awards including the Berliner Künstlerprogramm DAAD, Orange Book Award 2017, he was a finalist of the Medicis Prize and the Novel Grand Prix of the French Academy in 2017 … His books are translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Danish, Serbian … Louis-Philippe Dalembert is also a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Port-au-Prince, of the Paris Graduate School of Journalism and is the author of a doctoral thesis in Comparative Literature on the Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier (University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle). His latest works published are : Avant que les ombre s’effacent (Before the shadows fade) (Sabine Wespieser, 2017), Ballade d’un amour inachevé (Ballad of an unfinished love) (Mercure de France, 2013), En marche sur la terre (Walking on the ground) (poetry, Bruno Doucey, 2017). Louis-Philippe Dalembert, who writes in the two languages ​​of his native country: French and Creole, lives today between Paris, Port-au-Prince and elsewhere. During his residency, he worked on a new novel about the theme of migration Mur Méditerranée (Mediterranean wall) published by Sabine Wespieser.

Olivier Dhénin

Poet, playwright and director, Olivier Dhénin shares his life between Paris and Rochefort, after living in New York and Rome. Born from a Saïgonnese mother and a father from Arrage who died when he was a teenager, he approaches writing and theater as the place of being, memory and elsewhere. Parallel to studies of literature at the University of Paris VII, he pursued a musical training at the National Conservatory of Amiens which lead him to the artistic coordination of the Théâtre du Châtelet from 2006 to 2008. He then created his theater company and an opera: Winterreise with which he starred Maeterlinck, Rilke, Mahler, Britten, Debussy and recently Reynaldo Hahn’s Dream Island at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet in Paris, and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (the child and spells) at the Théâtre de la Coupe d’Or in Rochefort. His literary work is essentially theatrical: after Ellénore, a lyric drama inspired by “Sturm und Drang”, he writes Andreas / Maelström after Hans Christian Andersen, Ricercare, Cendres (Ashes), Feuilles d’Audelin, La Cantate de Tristan de Loonois. The work of Alain-Fournier is the subject of several rewritings to form a triptych for the stage : La Fête étrange (The Strange Feast), Les Gens du Domaine sans nom (The People of the Unnamed Domain), Le Pays en hiver (The Country in Winter), whose first version was created for the National Celebrations Centennial of Le Grand Meaulnes in 2013. Cordelia-requiescat after King Lear is written for the Spring of Poets and performed at the Belleville Theater for Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary in 2016.

Two trips to the Arctic in 2013 and 2014 give rise to a reflection on the unknown and the quest for elsewhere through Unalaska, narrative / prose / poetry. A poetic tomb unpublished in memory of his father disappeared in 2000 is initiated during a trip to Moscow in 2011 and completed in Delft in 2013.

In 2015  a collection of Psalms Le livre de l’heure de Aaron Däsler (The Book of Time Aaron Däsler) (small aisles) is published. In 2016, Olivier Dhénin is resident at the Villa Médicis – Academy of France in Rome. During his residency at Treilles, Olivier Dhénin will work on the completion of the third part of his trilogy L’Ordalie, a family trilogy in which each part is separated by ten years. The first part, Ricercare, is the central piece. The second, Cendres (Ashes), takes place ten years before; the third, Waldstein, ten years later. This elapsed time aims to follow the evolution of characters confronted with tragedy.

Michael Ferrier

Michaël Ferrier was born in Strasbourg. He spent his childhood in Africa (Chad, Cameroon, Niger) and in the Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Réunion, Mauritius), where his father’s family is from. After studying at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, he obtained an Agrégation of Letters and a doctorate on La Chanson dans l’oeuvre de Céline (The song in Celine’s work) from Grand Opera to popular songs, via operetta,  comic opera, light-comic opera, fairy and other youthful indiscretions …of the musicality that the celinian poetics gives to the sung forms” (Ed Lérot, 2004), he goes to Japan where he becomes professor at the Chuo University of Tokyo and directs the Figurines de l’Etranger Research Centre on representations of otherness in contemporary societies.

Novelist and essayist, he has particularly published Tokyo, petits portraits de l’Aube (Tokyo, small portraits of the dawn) (2004), Sympathie pour le fantôme (Sympathy for the Ghost) (2010, literary prize of the Golden Gate), Fukushima, récit d’un disastre (Fukushima, account on a disaster) (Edouard Glissant Prize 2012) and Mémoires d’Outre-Mer (Overseas Memories) (Franz-Hessel Prize 2015), all published by Gallimard. In 2018 he writes François, portrait d’un absent (François, portrait of an absent) also published by Gallimard.

During his residency at Les Treilles, Michael Ferrier worked on an essay on what he calls “stealth disasters”, disasters that are not spectacular and have a very specific temporality regime (for example: radioactive contamination), which nowadays burst into epistemological frameworks that have not been thought out for them and are ill-configured to apprehend them.

Benjamin Pelletier, Emmanuel Ruben, Pascale Roze

The Fondation des Treilles welcomed in 2017 Benjamin Pelletier (3 month residency for a novel proposing a literary exploration of childhood), Emmanuel Ruben (3 month residency also for a fiction on the discovery of the History of France and of Europe through a family history), Pascale Roze (2 month residency to write a collection of short stories on the theme of war).


The Editions de l’Olivier published his first two books : La Mère des batailles (The Mother of Battles) in 2004 and A travers sables (Through Sands) in 2009. His latest book, Toujours plus à l’Est (Still further to the East), published by Picquier editions in 2016, is inspired by his different stays in South Korea. Benjamin Pelletier was born in 1975. After studying philosophy in Toulouse, he taught French language and culture in Saudi Arabia and South Korea. He then followed a Master’s degree in economic intelligence and worked for different companies before specializing in intercultural management training. He also teaches this approach in many schools and intervenes regularly as a conference speaker.

The project he carried at Les Treilles aimed at exploring childhood through a learning story, by avoiding the nostalgia of lost paradise, the self-centered confession of intimacy, or the pathos of family drama. It is rather about the ordinary and anonymous childhood that accompanies us and lasts a lifetime, of “childhood found at will” dear to Baudelaire or of this “permanent childhood” that Gaston Bachelard places at the heart of the dynamism of poetry.


Writer and artist, Emmanuel Ruben was born in 1980 in Lyon.

Former graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, graduate in geography, he spent several years abroad as a reader, researcher, teacher and cooperator.

In parallel with the publication of his books, he has contributed to various magazines: Sens Public, Ravages, Edwarda, Possession immédiate,, Le Courrier des Balkans (The Balkan Mail), the Huffington Post … In addition, he has exhibited his drawings and watercolors in galleries and public places.

His favorite themes (the frontier, memory, history, geography, utopia, the impossible journey) are found in his third novel, La ligne des glaces (The Icewatch), the first episode of a European sequel on which he has been working for several years. The book has been selected for many literary awards including the Goncourt Prize in 2014.


Pascale Roze was born in Vietnam in 1954. Her father was a naval officer and her mother came from a family established in trade with Indochina. Her grandfather lived twenty years in Cochin China. He was mayor of Cholon.

She studies in France Literature and Theater. From 1983 to 1993, she worked with the director Gabriel Garran at the Théâtre de la Commune in Aubervilliers and at the Théâtre international de langue française, which promotes the French repertoire.

She published her first book in 1994, a collection of short stories entitled Histoires dérangées (Disturbed Stories), where you can feel the influence of Marguerite Duras.

Since then, she has devoted herself to writing and to the animation of workshops in schools, professional environment, jails. In 1996, her first novel, Le Chasseur Zéro (The Zero Hunter), won the First Novel Prize and the Goncourt Prize. She then publishes two other novels: Ferraille (Metal) and Parle-moi (Talk to me), two stories: Lettre d’été (Summer Letter), meditation letter addressed to Leo Tolstoy and Un homme sans larmes (A man without tears), intimate dialogue with the epicurean poet Horace, L’Eau rouge (Red water), a novel located in the Indochina War, Itsik, a novel about the life and death of a Polish Jew during the Second World War, Aujourd’hui les cœurs se desserrent (Today the hearts are light), then Passage de l’amour (Passage of love), in which she made subtle variations on love through short stories punctuated by a couple’s struggle against illness and finally Lonely Child. The clash between personal destiny and History is one of her inspiration themes.

She has held for a long time a chronicle on the foreign literary news on France-Inter (until June 2010) in the show of Paula Jacques, Cosmopolitan.

Pascale Roze shares her life between Paris and a small village in Burgundy.

Catherine Mary, Kettly Mars, Nils Trede

The Fondation des Treilles welcomed in 2016 Catherine Mary, for an autobiographical novel about the rediscovery of her family history, Kettly Mars, for a novel on the theme of political satire in the Haitian society, and Nils Trede, for an inspired fiction by the biotechnological process of reprogramming a differentiated cell into a pluripotent stem cell.


Catherine Mary is a science journalist and a writer. She works for Le Monde and Le Temps. A doctor in training virology, she questions the meaning of scientific and technological advances in the contemporary world and also portrays the men and women who embody them.

She recently directed for Le Monde, the portrait of Jenny Reardon, a scientist who became sociologist and creates bridges between disciplines, the whistleblower bio-clinician Carl Elliot, or Vincent Demassiet, a former schizophrenic patient who became chairman of the voice hearers network.

More than the description of a journey, she seeks to reveal the intimate springs of the commitment of these men and women. She also approaches her subjects under a philosophical gaze. In Craie et tableau noir, matières à penser (Chalk and chalkboard, subjects to think) (Le Monde, 2014), she probed for example the relation of mathematicians to the blackboard to understand the function of this iconic object in mathematical creation. In L’habit en psychiatrie, reflet de nos hésitations (The dress en psychiatry, a reflection of our hesitations) (Le Temps, 2016), she explores the link between the clothes worn by the madman and the representations of madness. In Consentement éclairé contre Big Data (Informed Consent Against Big Data) (Le Monde, 2015), she questions the value of this cardinal principle of medicine at a time when health data are being sold at a high price.

She also writes short fictions (Color Gang editions, review Brèves) and has just completed a youth novel, Le bow window.

She is a laureate of the Author’s Residency prize of the Fondation de Treilles where she worked on writing a self-fiction, drawing on the traces left by her childhood memories. Like an astrophysicist, she questions the meaning of the diffuse signals received since childhood, which she approaches like the glimmers of distant stars. Also conducting an investigation, she tried to collect the scattered fragments of her story.


Kettly Mars was born and lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is recognized as one of the most read Haitian writers, with her novels often plunging into extremely controversial worlds but which are nevertheless at the heart of Haiti’s past and present. She explores in her novels, short stories and serials the many facets of her country and the contradictions of her singular history. After a career of more than thirty years in the high-level administration in Haïti, she now devotes herself entirely to writing. The author participates in cultural events and collective publications in Haiti and abroad. Kettly Mars has received several literary distinctions and has been translated into English, Italian, German, Dutch, Japanese, Danish, Croatian. She is president of the Henri Deschamps literary prize jury in Haiti, former member of the international jury of the Prince Claus Prize of the Netherlands, member of the executive committee of the PEN-Haiti Center.


Nils Trede was born in 1966 in Heidelberg, Germany. He moved to Paris in 1996 where he did a large part of his studies and where he worked as a general practitioner in eastern Paris. For several years he has made replacements in various regions throughout France. Since 2009 he lives in Strasbourg. He is employed at the French Blood Establishment and in a preventive medicine establishment at the University of Strasbourg. Nils Trede regularly runs writing workshops for adults and in schools. He writes occasional short films for the French-German cultural program “Karambolage” on Arte.

Considering the world and the human species as complex and mysterious entities that are not limited to a rational approach, the characters of Nils Trede advance in the darkness instead of walking straight to the goal in the light of day, however trying to take stock of the uncertainties surrounding them. The central theme of Nils Trede is undoubtedly the individual place in society, the question of the possibility of freedom for a person exposed to the looks, the judgments, the habits of his/her peers. In his current writing project for which he is supported by the Treilles Foundation and Villa Marguerite Yourcenar, Nils Trede is interested in our contemporary world which imposes on the individual a continual identity mutation.

To date, Nils Trede has published two novels, La Vie pétrifiée (The Petrified Life) published in 2008 by Quidam publisher and Le noeud coulant (The slipknot), published in 2012 by Les impressions nouvelles.

Patrick Autréaux, Mamadou Ly et Marc Pautrel

In 2015, the Fondation des Treilles welcomed  Patrick Autréaux, for 2 months, for an essay on extreme situations, Mamadou Ly, for 4 months, for an essay on André Malraux and poetry, and Marc Pautrel, for 2 months, for a novel named “Ozu”, in reference to the Japanese filmmaker.

Patrick Autréaux

Patrick Autréaux was born in 1968. In addition to studying medicine and anthropology, he writes poetry and contemporary art critics.

He decides to stop his practice of emergency psychiatry in 2006. The experience of illness as an inner experience is the theme of a writing cycle completed with Se survivre (Survive to oneself) (Éditions Verdier). He published, with the Gallimard Editions, Dans la vallée des larmes (In the tears valley), Care, Le Dedans des choses (The Inside of things) which are short stories. The novel Les Irréguliers (The Irregulars) was released with the same publisher in 2015. The summer of the same year, at the festival of Avignon, his play was programmed : Le grand vivant (The big living), directed by and starring Thierry Thieû Niang and Vincent Dissez. He was a laureate of the Yourcenar Villa, the Paris-Quebec Stock Exchange and the Amic Price of the French Academy. The ambition of his project at Les Treilles was to question the possible place of literature in “times of misfortune” – what resists and stands among the ruins.

Mamadou Ly

Mamadou Abdoulaye LY was born in Senegal in 1978. After attending the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis and the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, he continued his studies at Lyon 2 University and Lyon 3 University. He also taught French literature at the University of Limerick in Ireland between 2010 and 2011, then at Yunnan University in China between 2011 and 2014. He is a research associate at the CNRS French speaking Manuscript Research Group.

He is also the author of an essay on La Théâtralité dans les romans d’André Malraux  (The Theatricality in André Malraux’s novels) published by L’Harmattan in 2012 and of several scientific articles on French literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries published in major academic journals such as the André Malraux Review, the Australian Journal of French Studies or the Journal of Literary History of France and in the blog of Pierre Assouline “La république des Livres”. Winner of the Fondation des Treilles in 2015, he devoted his residency to writing an essay on André Malraux and poetry.

Marc Pautrel

Marc Pautrel was born in 1967. After studying law, he decided to devote himself to writing. He received the Literary Prize of Aquitaine in 2010 and was awarded the Stendhal Missions in 2012. He is the author of a collection of stories, Le Métier de dormir (The job of sleeping) (Ed. Confluences, 2005), a fictional autobiography, Je suis une surprise (I am a surprise) (Ed. In8, 2009), and four novels published by Editions Gallimard in the collection of Philippe Sollers, « L’Infini »: L’homme pacifique (The peaceful man) (2009), Un voyage humain (A human journey) (2011), Polaire (Polar) (2013) and Orpheline (2014). He stayed for 2 months at Les Treilles, to write a novel “Ozu”, in reference to the Japanese filmmaker.

Olivier Bessard-Banquy et Patrice Nganang

Olivier Bessard-Banquy

Doctor of Philosophy, Olivier Bessard-Banquy is professor of the universities, specialised in Literature and the contemporary edition, in charge of the teaching of edition and bibliology at the Book-related Professions Centre (Pôle des métiers du livre) of the Bordeaux-III University. At les Treilles, he managed to develop his new book by the study of the collections of the André Gide-Jean Schlumberger centre which contains many unpublished documents of the famous co-founder of the NRF as well as a new rich collection of documents transmitted by the former archivist of the Gallimard house. He also found in the peace of the bush and olive trees of the domain the ideal atmosphere to write quietly.

Patrice Nganang

Born in Cameroon in 1970, Patrice Nganang is a writer and professor of literary theory at the State University of New York.

Author of several essays and fiction, he will work on a new novel, the third sequence of a trilogy called ‘Three Wars‘ begun with Mont plaisant (Pleasant Mount) (Philippe Rey, 2011: Special mention of the Five Continents Award of the Francophone countries, translations in German, Norwegian and Portuguese), continued with La Saison des prunes (The Season of Plums) (Philippe Rey, published in March 2013), which presents Cameroonian lives during the tumultuous periods of this country’s history, and explores the extent to which these have been defined by the Great Wars.

Alvaro de la Rica et François Jullien

François Jullien

A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure of the Ulm street, and an aggregation holder, François Jullien studied at the Universities of Beijing and Shanghai and was responsible for the French Sinology Antenna in Hong Kong between 1978-1981. Director of the Marcel Granet Center, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Thought (2002-2011), he is now a professor at the University Paris-Diderot. He is interested in General Philosophy and Chinese thought as well as cross-cultural issues.

During his residency at the Treilles, he took up the question of “the spirit of a landscape”, taking advantage of the differences between Chinese and European thought.

In thought as in Chinese painting, the landscape is conceived, not in a perceptive way, but, as traditionally in China, from the polarity of energies: shan-shui, “mountains and waters”: the High and the Down, what is immobile and what is mobile, what has a form (the mountain) and what is without form (water), etc. That is to say, the “landscape” in China, far from being conceived as a fragment of a country subject to the authority of gaze and delimited by its horizon, is understood from the functional globality of elements who oppose each other by answering each other, etc.

In his 2014 book, Vivre de Paysage ou l’impensé de la raison (Live of scenery or the Unthought of Reason), Gallimard, NRF, collection Bibliothèque des idées, he recounts Chinese literature devoted to landscape, as well as that of the Arts of painting of ancient China, to try to better understand what may be called the “spirit” of a “landscape”.

Álvaro de la Rica

Álvaro de la Rica (born in 1965) is Professor of Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Navarre (UN, Spain). During his stay at the Treilles Foundation, he worked on the common experience of a group of French and Spanish writers around the Basque border during the first half of the 20th century.

Daniel Grojnowski et Nathalie Zaccaï-Reyners

Daniel Grojnowski

Born in 1936, Daniel Grojnowski is Professor Emeritus at Paris VII University, Denis Diderot (U.F.R. Letters, Arts, Shows). He has published a few collections of poems, and short stories and a number of editions of classical authors, notably A. Allais, J.-K. Huysmans, J. Laforgue and G. Rodenbach in Flammarion’s G-F collection, for which he prepared an edition of Bergson’s Laugh (meant to be published in 2013).

Writer essayist, he devoted himself particularly to two sectors which were the object of publications:

1. Photography: Photographie et langage (Photography and Language), José Corti, 2002 – Usages de la photographie (Uses of Photography), José Corti, 2010 – Photographie et croyance, la différence (Photography and Belief, the difference), 2012  

2. The comic productions: Aux commencements du rire « moderne » (At the beginning of “modern” laughter), José Corti, 1997 – Comiques (Comedians), from Alphonse Allais to Charlot, Septentrion, “Object”, 2004 – Fumisteries (shams) (Anthology, in collaboration with B. Sarrazin), Omnibus, 2011.

During his stay at the Treilles Foundation, he worked on the consecration of laughter in modern and contemporary plastic art (Dada, New Realism, etc.) His study focused on the founding manifestations of the Incoherent Arts that took place, under the direction of Jules Lévy, at the end of the nineteenth century, in Paris, in the context of annual exhibitions, from 1881 to 1892.

Nathalie Zaccaï-Reyners

Doctor in Social Sciences, Nathalie Zaccaï-Reyners is a qualified researcher at the Fund for Belgian Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS). She continued her activities at the Institute of Sociology of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she was director from 2008 to 2011. Member of the Research Group on Public Action, her research falls into two fields: moral sociology and the epistemology of social sciences (access to a selective bibliography). During her stay at the Fondation des Treilles, she continued her research on the mutual respect and quality of care relationships in residential institutions for vulnerable people, focusing on continuing to explore the sources of moral imagination at the heart of care.

Jacques Dewitte

In 2011, the Treilles Foundation welcomed Jacques Dewitte, the only winner for the year 2010.

Philosopher, translator and writer, Jacques Dewitte, born in Brussels in 1946, currently shares his life between Berlin and Brussels. Being philosophically in the phenomenological and hermeneutical tradition, concerned with both political and aesthetic issues, he is the author of an important work that was first developed in journals such as Le Temps de la réflexion, The European Messenger, The Modern Times, Criticism, Commentary, Spirit, The Mauss Review, with articles on topics as diverse as nihilism, the question of evil, the living, urban architecture, landscape, the language, opera, art, literature.

He has particularly translated two books by Leszek Kolakowski and several German books.

He has published four books: Le pouvoir de la langue (The Power of Language) and la liberté de l’esprit (the Freedom of mind). Essai sur la résistance au langage totalitaire (Essay on resistance to totalitarian language), Michalon, 2007; L’exception européenne. Ces mérites qui nous distinguent (The European exception. The merits that distinguish us), Michalon, 2008; La manifestation de soi. Eléments d’une critique philosophique de l’utilitarisme (The manifestation of oneself. Elements of a philosophical critique of utilitarianism), La Découverte (collection “MAUSS Library”), 2010. Kolakowski. Le clivage de l’humanité (Kolakowski. The cleavage of humanity), Michalon (collection “Le bien Commun”), 2011. Three books already written were planned to be published soon: Le mythe chez Hans Jonas (The myth by Hans Jonas); Une discordance flagrante. Essai sur les méfaits et bienfaits de l’inconséquence (A flagrant discordance. Essay on the misdeeds and benefits of inconsistency); Plus loin que le bout de son nez (Further than the tip of one’s nose). He finished a major book on language, languages ​​and speech, with the temporary title: En matière de langage (In terms of language), which he worked on during his stay at the Fondation des Treilles in 2011.

Rosette et Sami Tchak


Rosette was born in Cherbourg (north of France). After studying in Caen, she went to Paris to start a career as an actress. Since the 1980s, she has played in the theater (three plays), on television (in a dozen TV films) and especially in the cinema (various roles in thirty films). With director Eric Rohmer, she has established a special relationship and is present in six of his works. He will also realize the video of her song « Bois ton café, il va être froid » (Drink your coffee, otherwise it will be cold) that she creates in 1986. In parallel with her work of actress, Rosette realizes a series of seven short films where she stages her fantasy adventures. In 2008, her first novel Le grand méchant père (The big bad Father) is published by Grasset and describes, between fairy tale and reality, the sensitive experience of a torment and a story.

In 2010, she is a resident of the Treilles Foundation and stays there for four months to write her second introspective and open novel.

Sami Tchak

Sami Tchak, pseudonym of Sadamba TCHA-KOURA, writer, was born in Togo in 1960. After a degree in philosophy obtained at the university of Lomé, capital of his country, in 1983, he taught in a high school for three years. He arrived in France in 1986 for studies in sociology and obtained his doctorate at the Sorbonne (Paris V) in 1993.

It was in the course of his sociological activities that chance led him to Cuba in 1996 for seven months of research on prostitution. Subsequently, he has developed a passion for Latin America and its literatures, which is reflected in some of his books. He has published to date four essays and six novels including Place des Fêtes (Parties place) (Gallimard, 2001, translated into Spanish and German) and Le paradis des chiots (puppies paradise) (Mercure de France, 2006, Kourouma award). In recent years, he has devoted himself to literature, which gives him the opportunity to travel around the world.

Hélène Prigent et Marie le Drian

In 2009, the Fondation des Treilles welcomed the 2008 laureates and first winners of the author’s residency prize.

Marie Le Drian

Marie Le Drian was born in Lanester (Morbihan). She studied in Rennes, then worked in Paris for several years. She published her first story Keraliguen in 1983. Short stories and novels followed including Le Petit bout du L (The Little End of the L) (Laffont) and Hôtel maternel (Maternal Hotel) (Julliard). In 1999, she obtained a scholarship from the Canton of Berne (Switzerland) and spent a year in the bilingual city of Bienne, during which she wrote La Cabane d’Hippolyte (Hippolyte’s hut), which obtained the Brittany Prize 2001 and the Novel Breizh prize in 2001.

On her return to France, she left Paris and moved permanently to Brittany, Clohars-Carnoët (Finistère) where she devoted herself to writing. Attention éclaircie (lightened attention), her latest novel, was published in 2007 at the Éditions de la Table Ronde. Marie Le Drian benefited from a writing residency of the Fondation des Treilles where she stayed as a resident for four months.

Hélène Prigent

Hélène Prigent worked at the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Meetings of national museums) for twelve years. Assistant to Jean Clair for the preparation of the exhibition Mélancolie. Génie et folie en Occident (Melancholy. Genius and madness in the West), presented in Paris in 2005 at the Grand Palais National Galleries, she is the author of Mélancolie. Métamorphoses de la dépression (Melancholy. Metamorphoses of depression), published by Gallimard (collection “Découvertes”) the same year. She has participated to several conferences on this subject and prepared a book on melancholy in Greek antiquity, because of her stay at the Foundation of Treilles in spring 2009. She also published a small book, Paul Gauguin: 1848-1903 (Another title: « J’ai voulu vouloir » (I wanted to want) – Paul Gauguin), published by La Martinière – Xavier Barral (collection “Voix” , 2003), and collaborated on several collective works including the Journal de la France et des français. Chronologie politique, culturelle et religieuse, de Clovis à 2000 (Journal of France and the French: Political, cultural and religious chronology, from Clovis to 2000) (Gallimard editions, “Quarto” collection, 2001) and, with Pierre Rosenberg, Chardin. La nature silencieuse (Chardin. The silent nature) (Gallimard editions, collection “Découvertes”, 1999).

Olives © Dominique Laugé

Olives © Dominique Laugé

Publications issued from the “Author’s Residency prize”

Works published by the winners of the Author’s Residency Prize since its creation in 2008 :


Olivier Dhénin, L’Atelier d’Olivier Dhénin, virtual exhibition [link to the exhibition]

Pascale Roze, La Belle Hélène, Editions Stock


Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Mur Méditerranée, éditions Sabine Wespieser, Lauréate of the Prix de la Langue Française (French Language Prize) 2019″.

Michaël Ferrier, Scrabble, Mercure de France, nominee at the Médicis Prize (Essay) 2019, Femina Prize 2019 and “Ecrivains du Sud” Prize 2020.

Emmanuel Ruben, Sur la route du Danube, éditions Rivages, Laureate of the Nicolas Bouvier Prize 2019


Olivier Dhénin, Aquis Submersus, éditions Les petites Allées

Patrice Nganang, Empreintes de crabe, éditions JC Lattès

Benjamin Pelletier, Les Années discrètes, éditions Arlea

Sami Tchak, Ainsi parlait mon père, éditions JC Lattès

Kettly Mars, L’Ange du patriarche, éditions Mercure de France


Patrick Autréaux, La voix écrite, éditions Verdier


Mamadou Abdoulaye Ly, Malraux et la poésie, éditions l’Harmattan (coll. Approches Littéraires)

Olivier Bessard-Banquy, La fabrique du livre, éditions des Presses universitaires de Bordeaux & Du Lérot


Rosette, Pas farouche, éditions Grasset

Daniel Grojnowski, Les arts incohérents et le rire dans les arts plastiques, éditions Corti

Marc Pautrel, Ozu, éditions Louise Bottu


François Jullien, Vivre de paysage ou L’impensé de la Raison, éditions Gallimard


Marie Le Drian, Le corps perdu de Suzanne Thovers, éditions Apogée, collection « Piqué d’étoiles », prix Jean Bernard de l’Académie de Médecine 2014.


Author’s Résidency Prize : the jury

For the application of its deliberation creating a prize of the Treilles Foundation awarded to authors and creators by way of competition, the board of directors constituted a jury. Since July 2017 it has been composed as follows:

  • Mr. Philippe Raynaud, Professor at the University of Paris 2, member of the Institut Universitaire de France, administrator of the Fondation des Treilles, President of the jury
  • Mrs. Claude Habib, professor of litterature at the University of Paris III (Department of French and Latin Literature and Linguistics), member of the scientific council of the Fondation des Treilles
  • Mr. Pierre Jourde, writer, literary critic, professor of literature at the University of Grenoble III,
  • Mrs. Carole Martinez, writer,
  • Mr. Krzystof Pomian, Emeritus Research Director at CNRS, Professor at the Nicolas Copernic University in Torun (Poland).

The decisions of the jury are taken by a majority of the votes cast. In the event of a tied vote, that of the president is decisive.