Marie Richeux, producer of “Book Club” (France Culture): “Radio is also a form of writing”

She has been delighting the radio for twelve years

Marie Richeux, producer of “Book Club” (France Culture): “Radio is also a form of writing”

She has been delighting the radio for twelve years. After “No need to cry”, “Les Nouvelles Vagues” and “Par les temps qui cours”, Marie Richeux inherited, in this return to France Culture, “Book Club” – which Nicolas Herbeaux produced at 12:50 p.m. and now installed, Monday to Friday, at 3 p.m.

I remember my first grade teacher, and the reading method: Ratus et ses amis (Editions Hatier). I remember the day when I was able to read all the tens and ones on the board: it was as if the ability to decipher the world had taken on a new light with mathematics. I have memories of reading shared with my parents, before bed, and which I reproduce with my own children. I remember, after the baccalaureate, the discovery, on a table in the media library of my city, in Meudon-la-Forêt, in the Paris suburbs, in Hauts-de-Seine, of books of so-called contemporary literature and I remember remember I didn't know what it was. But it was gone.

I remember the covers of the Minuit editions. From those of Verticales. I remember reading Duras a lot when I arrived at France Culture – I was 21. If I jump back in time a little, another reading was fundamental: that of Faulkner and his August Light. I also remember my great emotion reading A Walk to the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf. More recently, from the encounter with the books of Deborah Levy. The emotional shock that reading the works of Jakuta Alikavazovic gives me. In contemporary literature, she is one of the authors whose texts I await, such as those of Lola Lafon, Sylvain Prudhomme. And so many others.

At the moment, I have a work relationship, which does not abolish the pleasure. If I can, I like to read shortly before the show to keep the impression extremely fresh. I'm more of a forgetful reader: I have trouble remembering plots but I have a memory of the impression the books left on me.

I remember this day, I must have been 19, when I heard Dominique Fourcade on the microphone of Pascale Casanova (who passed away in 2018) on France Culture. I see myself stopping what I'm doing, turning up the volume and listening to this man. Magic triangle between the power of radio, the power of speech and the power of a poetic work, that of Dominique Fourcade that I have never stopped reading.

I thought that I was going to miss leaving the multidisciplinarity, to which I was attached after twelve years of daily broadcasts. And, in fact, what I feel is above all a lot of joy, of jubilation.

To the extent that we are in the public service, there is no politics in the partisan sense, but there is perhaps a politics in the space we give to thought, especially when we see how, in France and elsewhere, critical spaces are weakened today. I am attached to speech, to the fact that, when we speak, we say things that we care about, that have meaning. And I have the impression that doing radio and doing it close to the texts is also a way of saying that the words we choose are important.

I think that I have made a very strong and definitive place in my life first for writing. And radio is also a form of writing.

Ask yourself the question of the introduction, the credits, the place of the archives, the music: I love thinking about it with my team. After the one-on-one interview (“Par les temps qui cours”), I wanted to do more collective radio. This is also why I wanted to open the show with in particular the lighting of Emmanuel Laurentin, on Monday and, on Wednesday, make way for children's literature with Mathilde Wagman who comes to transmit a fundamental enthusiasm for our children . Because it is at that moment that we establish a relationship with meaning, with story, with imagination.