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Decadent Tales

SCR Dining Room (the Freind Room), Christ Church - St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP


In the last decades of the 19th century the short story was one of the most popular literary genres, nowhere more so than in France, where stories by great writers such as Maupassant and Barbey D'Aurevilly explored gothic and decadent themes, including horror, murder and sexual infidelity. Stephen Romer, distinguished poet and writer, editor of French Decadent Tales, an anthology of French short stories in English translation published by Oxford University Press, is the ideal person to introduce this fascinating subject. The event will also include the reading of three short stories by actors. Enjoy an evening of cultural adventure and great storytelling in the magnificent surroundings of one of Oxford’s most ancient buildings…

Stephen Romer has four published collections of his own poetry: Idols (1986), Plato’s Ladder (1992), Tribute (1998) and Yellow Studio (2008). He is the editor of the Faber anthology Twentieth-Century French Poems, and of French Decadent Tales, an anthology of fin-de-siècle stories, published as part of the Oxford World Classics series in 2013. He regularly writes on French literature and modern poetry for the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement.


Lucy Tregear, a distinguished actor, has made many appearances on stage and in television and film drama. Her recent stage credits include The Minotaur, an opera by Harrison Birtwistle, at the Royal Opera House, and Middlemarch at the Orange Tree Theatre. Her TV credits include Between the Lines, Peak Practice, and Footballers’ Wives. In 2013 she appeared in House of Knives, a short film made to promote the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation.

How to book


The event is free of charge but space is strictly limited.

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Christ Church

St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP

Nearest train station is Oxford.