Serge Roué was born in Brest in 1974 and is a graduate of the Institut d’Études politiques - Institute of Political Studies (Rennes). He set up Faits et Gestes with Cédric Leux in 2003, after several years’ experience in external relations for France Culture, then with the writers, Jean-Claude Izzo and Michel Le Bris, with whom they developed the Étonnants Voyageurs festival in Saint-Malo and abroad. At the request of Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, in 2008 he took over the management of the Marathon des Mots international literary festival in Toulouse, setting up the April and Autumn Marathons as well as Brussels and Tunis Marathons, whilst also handling programme planning for other cultural events in Caen, Brive (Foire du Livre) and Besançon (Livres dans la Boucle).
He is passionate about literature, cinema and theatre and has devised and managed numerous literary evenings and entertainment on the works of Michel Foucault, Françoise Sagan, Marguerite Duras, Romain Gary and Patrick Modiano. He produced the events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hervé Guibert‘s birth and collaborated with Vincent Josse on the boxed set of recordings entitled “Hervé Guibert, l’écrivain-photographe” (Hervé Guibert, photographer and writer) (Editions Naïve/Radio France), Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles-Cros 2009
Laura Lacroix was born in Paris in 1991 and studied arts and cultural mediation before specialising in cultural event organisation during a year spent with the Alliance Française in Dublin (Franco-Irish Literary Festival, French Film Festival, European Culture Evening etc.).
Curious about the cultural and publishing world, she trained at the publishers Editions Albin Michel and Hachette Livre and at Radio France. Having graduated with a Master’s degree in “Culture” from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP), she joined the company in 2016, where she is responsible for event production (monitoring of literary programme planning, logistics, technical monitoring, administration and accounts).
Laurent Delarue was born in Rennes in 1974 and specialises in communications, particularly press relations. As a School of Communications graduate, from 1998 onwards he worked in several press offices in Paris, which led him to work in the music sector (Sony BMG, Alias, etc.), the media (launch of websites for magazines in the EMAP Group) and in new technology sectors. He also played a part in setting up and developing an association dedicated to launching and promoting young artists in the music, photography and video sectors. He has been Deputy Director and Associate since 2007. He is in charge of development and coordination of communications, media relations and partnerships for our projects.
Shanaz Barday was born in Paris in 1982 and studied Modern literature and cinema before deciding to specialise in publishing and then literary events.
As a project leader at the French National Book Centre (CNL), she worked in particular on organising the Lire en Fête event before joining Reed Expositions to coordinate the youth and school audience spaces at the Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre). From 2014 to 2016, she worked at the Centre de Promotion du Livre de Jeunesse (centre for promoting children’s books) in Seine-Saint-Denis and handled press relations for the Montreuil Children’s Book Fair (Salon du Livre Jeunesse). She joined Faits et Gestes in April 2017 as press officer.
Faits et Gestes also collaborates on a regular basis with external service providers, such as the writer and dramatist, Guillaume Poix for preparing readings and large literary and artistic gatherings, the graphics design agency, Slumberland and the freelance graphics designer, Sarah Pom, as well as numerous presenters for literary festivals and events.