7th edition of Reading Nights: A small selection of events organized overseas

Created in 2017 by the Ministry of Culture, the Reading Nights, which are celebrating their 7th edition this year, will be held from January 19 to 22, 2023 with writer and translator Marie Darrieusecq as sponsor. Fear is the general theme chosen by the National Book Center (CNL), which is organizing reading nights for the second consecutive year.

From children’s tales and books to fantastic stories, from dystopian science fiction sagas to police investigations, to contemporary stories and essays that deal with our intimate and collective fears in the face of a troubled and increasingly violent world, the theme fear pervades all literature and invites us to explore all forms of narration, all forms of reading.

The supernatural very present in ultramarine literature

If there is a literature rich in characters and situations where the mystery, the supernatural, the strange and the phantasmagoric, in short, fear are omnipresent, it is the ultramarine literature. Novels, tales and legends in which figure witchcraft, belief in the occult which have their roots in the myths of the past and in traditions, magico-religious rites, esotericism, strange world populate the imagination of overseas and nourish their literature.

Overseas literary productions are full of stories, accounts and images linked to the supernatural and therefore to fear. This means that this theme of fear is familiar overseas and is likely to inspire the overseas organizers of this 7th edition of the Reading Nights. Here is a small selection of the events offered overseas around this 2023 edition of the Nuits de la Lecture with the theme of fear.

Guadeloupe : “Caribbean Tales and Legends”

Immersive reading, a concept born during the confinement period which offers readings at the Silent-helmet. This allows the reader/listener to be immersed in reading aloud (live with sound effects). A concept used with the association “Kan Douvan“, which accompanies the visually impaired. This event is open to all audiences.

Caribbean tales and legends

From January 19 to 22, 2023

Fort Sword Flower

Fouche Road

97180 Sainte-Anne


Conditions of participation: on registration


Exposure : “Monsters in literature and cinema” in Petit-Canal

Monsters have always fascinated our imagination through literature and cinema. This is about discovering or re-discovering certain monsters that make you shiver.

From January 19 to 21, 2023

Guy Fromager media library

Corner of rue Victor Schoelcher and rue Louis Delgrès

97131 Petit-Canal


Information: tel: 05 90 22 67 63


Guyana: “Confront mermaids” in Kourou

Write and say your sirens: how, from the sirens of Ulysses, work on your fears: young dropouts will write and put their texts into voice.

From January 19 to 20, 2023

On school time

Funnel Theater

Avenue of the Islands

97310 Kourou



Martinique: “Not even scared – story time” in Fort-de-France

The AMI association invites the public for a reading and storytelling evening called “Not even scared – story time

Friday, January 20, 2023 – From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Morne Desaix Library – Building 730

Admiral d’Estaing Street

97200 Fort de France


On registration at 0596 596 39 55 50


The meeting : “Starry readings – Store your fear under the stars !

From January 20 to 21, 2023, the media library of the city of Saint-Pierre de la Réunion welcomes the nights of reading with a richer, surprising and unusual program than ever.

In Reunion, the little ones say “not even scared at night“!”Toutout’ gran mèr Kall“!, shout the children to scare her away….. Here the monsters are the children. And to calm the monsters, what better than stories under the stars?

Elodie Lauret and her musician wrap us in stories and music under the stars. A puzzle straight out of the books so that every monster will have their eyes full…

Raphaël Barquisseau media library

Arthur College Street

97410 Saint Pierre

The meeting

Entrance on registration

Contact: Tel: +262 262 32 62 50


Mayotte: “Uku”

A day in the academy of Mayotte to be afraid of the night… in all its forms!

If we said to ourselves….. our fears around a read text, a written text, a spoken text. Each workshop, in voluntary establishments, offers its “obscure objects“of fear and arouses speaking, reading and writing.


January 20 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mayotte Academy

Sarahangue Street

97600 Mamoudzou


To find other events as part of Reading Nights, it’s here

7th edition of Reading Nights: A small selection of events organized overseas