Postgraduate award for French-language travel writing

Postgraduate award for French-language travel writing

Fourth year PhD student Guillaume Thouroude

A PhD student in the School of Modern Languages has beaten off competition from other postgraduates studying French in Ireland to win a prestigious postgraduate bursary.

Guillaume Thouroude, a fourth year PhD student, was awarded the ADEFFI (Association d’études françaises et francophones d’Irlande) postgraduate bursary at this year’s conference in Aix-en-Provence.

The €500 award is an annual prize, open to all postgraduates in French on the island of Ireland, and was funded this year by the Swiss government.

Guillaume, who is working on a generic approach to French-language travel writing, will use the award to travel to Switzerland to consult the Nicolas Bouvier archive in the Bibliothèque de Genève, and will also interview a number of international travel writing specialists in the Université de Lausanne.

Speaking after the announcement of the award, Guillaume said: “Nicolas Bouvier is an important reference point in contemporary travel writing, and a key author in my corpus. This trip will allow me to access crucial archival material, and will deepen my engagement with his work.”

His supervisor, Maeve McCusker, said: “This is an extremely generous prize. The applications were rigorously assessed by two independent academics in British universities, and their decision was unanimous.”

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