My name is Graham Welch and I am a Francophile. This blog is a celebration of all things French – from France’s cuisine to its culture, from its people to its places.
When I started it in 2014, I called it A Year in Périgord, partly because I thought it a rather clever play on words on Peter Mayle’s autobiographical tale of life in France. More importantly, I planned to move to south-west France.
But life has a habit of throwing a spanner in the works. Such was 2016’s Brexit vote.
My plans to move to France were thrown into question – until my partner found a job in France. It isn’t quite where we’d imagined being, though. Instead, it is in Lille.
We both love Lille anyway, so we were happy to make the move. I commute back to London for work 3 days a week and spend 5 nights in Lille.
I’m now in my 4th year of this blog and update it each week. So far, I have never felt I’d run out of things to say – a fact that surprises none of my friends or colleagues.
I write and edit as part of what I do for a living. Over the years, my work has been published by a number of national, local and trade newspapers and magazines, but this is different.
I picked up a couple of awards in 2014 for this blog, which was particularly satisfying. It suggests people enjoy what I write.
Now I am working with a French journalist on a non-fiction book – more about that another time. I have just finished studying for a French wine qualification too, so there will be plenty to cover in my posts.
I hope you stick with me as I make progress with my new life in Lille.