Jérôme GARCIN

Journalist, writer, President of the jury of the Books & Music Festival

In Normandy, rider and writer act as one

Normandy is a familiar land for Jérôme Garcin. A great-grandfather from Rouen gave him Norman roots. During his childhood summers, in Bessin, on the Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer beach, he and his friends used to crush and dug the sand, still full of the vestiges of the ‘44, year in which that land was named Omaha Beach. At the beginning of the 1980s, he started to attend Mediterranean beaches at the Ramatuelle house acquired by Gérard Philipe, prematurely disappeared father of his wife, Anne-Marie Philipe. At the beginning of the 1990s, he went back to Normandy, as Anne-Marie Philipe desired to experience again the special light of the large Belgian beaches of her childhood. First in Trouville and then in the Pays d'Auge, Jérôme Garcin rediscovered horses, a passion leading him to start writing for himself. He, journalist at the age of 19 and then writer, said: “I needed Normandy and horses to find again my inspiration." Since then, rider and writer act as one.

For the presenter-producer of the Masque et la Plume, experiencing Deauville also means sharing its cultural program and the historic relationship of the town with horses. In April and August evenings, these two passions combine during the concerts of the two classic music festivals of Deauville. In the excellent acoustic of the Elie de Brignac hall, dedicated to horse auction sales, musicians express their talent. Since 2004, the Salon du livre (Book Fair), become a 3-day-long literary festival, gathers and celebrates every year in May the writers having a special relationship with music. On this occasion, a “Books & Music Festival of Deauville” prize is given every year from a jury of writers and musicians chaired by Jérôme Garcin.