Casablanca, the gin joint cut plays in Paris
An evening with Jim at the theatre !

Jim is supporting the production of a great play, CASABLANCA, the gin joint cut, in English, staged in a beautiful historical theatre in Paris, April 17th until April 26th. Come and see it! Jim will be there for every performance!
Book your tickets now with the Déjazet theatre!...

This I believe

Every week for the past 30 years, I've hosted a Sunday dinner in my home in Paris. People, including total strangers, call or e-mail to book a spot. I hold the salon in my atelier, which used to be a sculpture studio. The first 50 or 60 people who call may come, and twice that many when the weather is nice and we can overflow into the garden.
Every Sunday a different friend prepares a feast. Last week it was a philosophy student from Lisbon, and next week a dear friend from London will cook.
People from all corners of the world come to break bread together, to meet, to talk, connect and often become friends. All ages, nationalities, races, professions gather here, and since there is no organized seating, the opportunity for mingling couldn't be better. I love the randomness.
I believe in introducing people to people. (read on!)

Introducing Jim Haynes:

"Begin life in Louisiana, pass early teens in Venezuela, three years in a boarding school in Atlanta, attend university in Louisiana (L.S.U. and Tulane), do military obligation and in 1956 settle in Scotland.
Attend the University of Edinburgh, start The Paperback Bookshop & Gallery (1959), The Howff (1961), a folk-song club, the Traverse Theatre (1963), co-organize The Writers' Conference (1962) with John Calder and Sonia Orwell, the Drama Conference (1963) with John Calder and Ken Tynan and participate in the creation of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Move to 'swinging London' in 1966 and there co-create the London Traverse Theatre Company with Charles Marowitz, Michael Geliot, and Ralph Koltai. Co-launch the newspaper "I.T." (with Barry Miles, John Hopkins, Jack Moore, and Michael Henshaw), the Arts Lab mixed-media space (with Jack Moore, David Curtis, Biddy Peppin, Pamela Zoline and others). Producer by now of over 250 theatre shows I am awarded The Whitbread Prize in 1966.>>

Jim's life in the Theatre

My first theatrical experience was a T.S. Eliot play (I think The Cocktail Party) in Shreveport, Louisiana way back in the 40s. I was knocked out.
In the 1950s, I managed to see South Pacific, Porgy and Bess and other Broadway shows.
In 1956, when I moved to Edinburgh, my theatre-going activities increased. Thanks to Edinburgh's Gateway Theatre, the Lyceum Theatre, touring productions at the King's Theatre (another production of South Pacific and John Osborne's Look Back in Anger) and every August the Edinburgh Festival. Glasgow, an hour away, had the Citizens Theatre. Plus many trips to London's West End. On a brief trip to New York City in 1959, thanks to Fifi Sigg, managed to catch the off-Broadway production of The Three Penny Opera with Lotte Lenya.
In the 1957 Edinburgh Festival, after attending Ugo Betti's Corruption in the House of Justice, I stopped my Volkswagen in the Royal Mile and asked three people, who I had noticed earlier sitting near me in the theatre, if they would like a ride... >>

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Jim Haynes


How to make the gods laugh: tell them your plans! Nevertheless I hope the future includes my continuing to live here in my Paris atelier, travelling to see friends, writing newsletters and books, hosting friends, organizing the Sunday dinners, and enjoying every minute of life. For me, happiness is an intellectual concept, and I decided years ago to be happy. In spite of (and because of) everything, I love life. It has been good to me, and I hope that I have been good to it.


Jim Haynes
young Jimmy Haynes

The Sunday Dinners

In the early 70s launch with Cathy Sroufe (now Monnet), a Sunday salon chez moi. It takes place, rain or shine, every Sunday evening from 20h00 to 23h00 - except for two or three weeks in August. To attend, write, email or call to have your name added to the guest's list >>

Cook Book

Throw a Great Party, the cook book inspired by Jim's Sunday dinners, has been published.
Get your copy here!
Read more about the Cook Book!


Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra  online
Come and join the SPCO conducted by Michael Boone! Poulenc, Bach & Mozart, concerts on 28 & 29 April 2014 at the Elephant Paname, in central Paris! Read more and book now! >>


Our kitchen-table publishing house, Handshake Editions, continues. Founded in 1980, we publish small print-runs. >>
I also write and publish newsletters, pamphlets and books. >>
The A2 Gallery hosts small exhibitions of paintings and photographs. >>
From time to time, the atelier is transformed into a performance space for theatrical and other events.


One of my favorite activities is to travel to visit friends and lovers. I also travel to further projects and to meet new friends and lovers. Favorite destinations are festivals. Over the years I have attended dozens of festivals and conferences. And I like going back to the same festival year after year. I have attended The Edinburgh International Festival every year... >>

An evening with Jim at the theatre !
Jim is supporting the production of a great play in English, CASABLANCA, the gin joint cut, staged in a beautiful historical theatre in Paris, April 17th until April 26th.
Come and see it!
Please book your tickets now with the Déjazet theatre!...
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34 books and writers that have been important to Jim Haynes...
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an article by Adam Biles in Ling Magazine, March, 2009
This I believe
listen to Jim on NPR !
Broadcast on Monday, January 12th, 2009
Sunday Dinners
an ongoing story, the facts
+ free recipes for you!

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