Clémentine Beauvais at the LFV
Our CM2 English class interviewed the talented, young, French author Clémentine Beauvais two weeks ago.
First, as a passionate reader, she enjoys reading realistic stories. As a child she used to read comics, adventure books like Pippi Longstockings and fantasy books like Harry Potter of course.
Clémentine Beauvais started writing at the age of 10. When she writes she gets her ideas everywhere and uses her imagination a lot ; plus, she always knows the end of the story when she starts writing it. Actually she usually finds it hard to finish the story because she quickly loses interest. So she is always very happy when she completes her stories.
What's more, Clémentine translates books : she is working on the translation of Mary Poppins at the moment. Writers do not earn so much money and Clémentine is a teacher at university too . She explains teaching is a very gratifying experience even if students at university are not always motivated to work in the morning !
If Clementine had to choose between cats and dogs, she would choose cats because they are her favourite animals, but she has not got any. She is fond of dogs too. She has been living in the UK for more than twelve years, she speaks English perfectly : British people are usually disappointed to hear she has not got any French accent ! When we asked her what living in the UK for a French person was like, she answered English people would usually expect French women to be sophisticated and look nice but not to be very intelligent !
At last, Clementine answered our question on Brexit : she lives in a part of England where a lot of people voted to leave the EU. She is not scared for herself because she has the right to stay but she knows people who would like to stay but do not know if they can...
Thank you Clémentine for talking to us.
S.Schramm-Soudain's English class