Victor Barker editor and contributor.
In 1998 I was awarded a six month residency in the Keesing Studio in the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
I followed on the heels of some twenty authors who had stayed in the studio and I decided to make some record of the studio and its occupants.
I met up with Fred Cress and persuaded him to paint the cover, based loosely on me sitting writing in the nearby Café Louis Philippe.
It was a wonderful opportunity for me to research my novel Baudin’s Last Breath .
For Paris Studio I collected and edited stories, essays and poetry by fourteen contemporary writers who lived in this studio over the past few years. They include Brian Castro, Bernard Cohen, Gillian Mears, Marion Halligan, Justin Fleming, Jean Kent,Tony Maniaty, Gary Catalano, Vanessa Bates, Robyn Ferrell, Robert Carter, Darrelyn Gunzburg, Amirah Inglis – and myself.
The Keesing Studio is one of more than three hundred owned or administrated by the Cité International des Arts. The Cité is on the right bank of the Seine, facing the Isle St Louis and on the edge of Le Marais. Plenty of bookshops and cafés. My favourite’s Le Bucheron, on the rue St. Antoine, five minutes walk from the Cité .