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
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
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
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
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...
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.
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
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
Come and join the SPCO conducted by Michael Boone! Poulenc, Bach
& Ravel, concerts on 28 & 29 April 2014 at the Institut Finlandais
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... >>
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!...
Events -April 2, 2014 Death of an old times friend, Jack Henry
Moore. Jack was an amazing fellow. Born in Sulphur, Oklahoma the
19th of June 1940, some 73 years ago, he attended...
Room -2014 Jim Haynes: priklausomybė nuo valgymo drauge,
an article in Lithuanian by Aurimas Zdanavičius, published in
mogus dėė, Vilnius, March 2014...
Newsletters -2014 N.725 Five Days in San Sebastian, a short
stay in the Basque country with Jone Karres and her friends...
watch the trailer of this documentary movie about Jim Haynes,
directed by R.A. Rebetez, produced by Ellektra Pictures and Angela
Spörri, and order your copy...
life -2013An early update of Jim's "life" section
covering the year 2013 and quite a bit more...
-2013 N.724 A Look Back on 2013, a quick recollection of a
rather good year...
-2013 N.723 A quick December trip to Barcelona: a visit to
see friends and The Surrender in Barcelona...
Room -2013 Interview: Traverse founder Jim Haynes: an article
by Neil Cooper, published in The Herald Scotland on 19 August
2013... -2013 Sunnuntai-illallisia Pariisissa vuodesta 1978:
an article in Finnish by Pihla Hintikka, published by the Helsingin
Sanomat on 15 Aug. 2013...