our team

LittFestEauze is a non-profit cultural event, associated with the Elusate ECLA association (Eauze, Culture, Leisure, Animation).

The team that is working hard to set up this ambitious venture is growing by the week and we intend that we will have equal representation from both the French and English community.

The majority of the team lives permanently in the Gers and, aside from our shared love of literature and writing, each of us brings a range of practical organisational and business skills to this venture.


Ginster Michel, Director   Ginster, our champion and visionary who first created this concept has lived and worked in a number of countries and is well versed in the art of inspiring different cultures and people to work together.  In her native country, Germany, she was involved in running salons de livres, owned a bookshop and worked in public relations.  She is also a poet, painter and a member of a writing group and book club.

Ginster Michel, Director

Ginster, our champion and visionary who first created this concept has lived and worked in a number of countries and is well versed in the art of inspiring different cultures and people to work together.

In her native country, Germany, she was involved in running salons de livres, owned a bookshop and worked in public relations.

She is also a poet, painter and a member of a writing group and book club.

Adam Thomas, our finance and marketing specialist   Adam has worked in the advertising industry and in international marketing for large consumer goods companies. He brings strong business acumen to the team.

Adam Thomas, our finance and marketing specialist

Adam has worked in the advertising industry and in international marketing for large consumer goods companies. He brings strong business acumen to the team.

 
Wendy Thomas, facilitator, helping the team to develop its proposition and business plan   A former French teacher, Wendy has spent most of her professional life as a business consultant, advising both the public and private sectors on strategy development and change management. When not working, she cooks, gardens and is trying her hand at creative writing.

Wendy Thomas, facilitator, helping the team to develop its proposition and business plan

A former French teacher, Wendy has spent most of her professional life as a business consultant, advising both the public and private sectors on strategy development and change management. When not working, she cooks, gardens and is trying her hand at creative writing.

Francoise Corbel, responsible, with Paula, for bringing our authors and poets to the festival   After 20 years as a manager in different organisations and places, Francoise arrived in Gascony in 1997 and in 2005, took over a book shop in Eauze, one of the oldest independent book shop in the Gers. Francoise likes a challenge, loves meeting people and speaks English and German.

Francoise Corbel, responsible, with Paula, for bringing our authors and poets to the festival

After 20 years as a manager in different organisations and places, Francoise arrived in Gascony in 1997 and in 2005, took over a book shop in Eauze, one of the oldest independent book shop in the Gers. Francoise likes a challenge, loves meeting people and speaks English and German.

 
Richard Body, responsible, with Jocelyne, for volunteers   A graduate in Russian and linguistics, Richard is now mastering the French language. Recently retired and living fulltime in the Gers, in his professional life he was a speech and language therapist in National Health Service in England and a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences. Was a member of a voluntary group which organised and secured funding for a performance and educational tour of the UK by a Cuban choir in 2012.

Richard Body, responsible, with Jocelyne, for volunteers

A graduate in Russian and linguistics, Richard is now mastering the French language. Recently retired and living fulltime in the Gers, in his professional life he was a speech and language therapist in National Health Service in England and a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences. Was a member of a voluntary group which organised and secured funding for a performance and educational tour of the UK by a Cuban choir in 2012.

Jocelyne Martin, responsible, with Richard, for volunteers   A studier of philosophy, Jocelyne has worked in the banking sector in human resources management. A lover of literature, she is involved in a range of cultural activities in the area.

Jocelyne Martin, responsible, with Richard, for volunteers

A studier of philosophy, Jocelyne has worked in the banking sector in human resources management. A lover of literature, she is involved in a range of cultural activities in the area.