Jean-Pierre Orban (Orban-Grillandi)

  • Jean-Pierre Orban (Orban-Grillandi)
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Writer, Publisher, Adapter
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Jean-Pierre Orban was born in Belgium of an Italian mother and a Belgian father. He studied Philosophy (UCL), journalism/social communications (ULB) and Drama studies. He now lives in Paris after having lived in London and Brussels. He is the author of a novella entitled Les Rois sauvages, of a novel Vera (Mercure de France, August 2014) and of a collection of short stories called Chronique des fins (Éd. Bernard Gilson) under the name J.-.P. Orban-Grillandi. His works for the theatre include: Entendez-vous la mer ? (Seneffe drama festival 2005) ; Au loin dans les rues, written whilst in author's residency at the Chartreuse de Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (with a grant from the Communauté française de Belgique) and presented at the Seneffe drama festival in 2007 ; King Leopold II, a very free adaptation of Mark Twain's King Leopold's Soliloquy (Point Zéro drama company, Théâtre de la Place des Martyrs, Brussels) ; Madame t'es vieille, an adaptation of the book he wrote for the young, with photographs by Francis Jacoby (Che Panses Vertes drama company, Amiens, French and international tours), Monsieur (Théâtre-Poème, Brussels, Jan-Feb 2009, He adapted Sleep with me by Hanif Kureishi (, and a number of film scenarios. He has written several books and texts for the young (Bayard Presse, Gamma, Duculot, Syros) and translated works from both Dutch and English into French (Duculot, Parkstone) as well as Mark Twain's King Leopold's Soliloquy (J. Antoine Éd.). He regularly contributes, with short stories, to the literary review Marginales. He has contributed to several collective works (including Bruxelles Littéraire, Éd. B. Gilson, Impressions in Brussels, published in the spring 2013 with 180° Editions). Was attributed a writer's grant for a literary essay in progress in 2013. He works with publishing houses and at present directs a book series on African literature entitled "L'Afrique au coeur des lettres" at L'Harmattan, Paris (namely Ah ! Mongo, by P.-L. Tchibamba, and the spiritual autobiography of Malcolm de Chazal) and co-directs "Pulsations", a new book series at Vents d'ailleurs (La Roque d'Anthéron, France - First title: La sourde violence des rêves, French translation of K. Sello Duiker's The Quiet Violence of Dreams). He is involved in research projects on various African literary texts, working on introductions to works and research papers on this subject and namely in research on the editorial approach to manuscripts. He is associate-researcher of the ITEM (Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes, Paris). He also contributes to Afrodream Caravan, an artistic and intellectual intercultural project.


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