Welcome to Pascale Petit’s website

Welcome to the website of UK poet Pascale Petit. Pascale Petit photo credit Derek Adams
Her sixth collection Fauverie was shortlisted for the 2014 T S Eliot Prize. Five poems from the book won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. Bloodaxe Books will publish her seventh collection Mama Amazonica in September 2017. Her fifth book What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo was shortlisted for both the T S Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was a Book of the Year in the Observer. Pascale has had three collections chosen as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 2015.

                                                                                                                                                 Photo credit Derek Adams
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Up and coming readings

dafna-kaplan-111609StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival 2016 5/6 March 2016
Poetry Centre Stage
Pascale Petit read with Sean O’Brien 8-10pm Sunday 6 March at the Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, St Andrews, Scotland

Translation Study Day for Modern Poetry in Translation 14 May 2016
The Queen’s College Oxford
Pascale read from Centres of Cataclysm: Celebrating Fifty Years of Modern Poetry in Translation
Book here

Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival   6.45pm Saturday 28 May 2016
Pascale Petit read with Sarah Howe
Pascale Petit’s workshop Myth-Making 10.45am Saturday 28 May
Workshop fee £12 (£10 concs)
Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall

Poets & Players, Manchester 1.30 – 3pm Saturday 24 September 2016
Daniel Sluman and Pascale Petit reading at the South Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER
This is a free event open to all and there’s no need to book.
Workshop with Pascale at Whitworth Art Gallery 10.30am to 12.30pm Saturday 24 September, £20 booking fee SOLD OUT

Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival 12-13 November 2016
Falmouth, Cornwall
Pascale Petit will be reading, leading a workshop and taking part in a panel discussion with Jane Yeh on poetry and the visual arts.

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News and Events

Pascale Petit is inaugural Writer in Residence for the West Lakes Residency in Cumbria from August 22nd to October 25th 2016
Inspired by the richness of Cumbria’s literature traditions, Elements is hosting a 2-month writer in residence project in partnership with Age UK West Cumbria, and in association with Florence Arts Centre, the Rosehill Theatre and the Wordsworth Trust.

Arts Council England has awarded Pascale Petit a Grant from the Arts to finish her seventh collection Mama Amazonica, due from Bloodaxe in September 2017. The grant is to buy writing time and for a research trip in the Peruvian Amazon

Pascale Petit is Chair of the judging panel for the 2015 T S Eliot Prize
alongside poets Kei Miller and Ahren Warner

The Society of Authors awarded Pascale Petit a 2015 Cholmondeley Award, on 25 June 2015

Bloodaxe Books will publish Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica in September 2017.

Pascale Petit won Second Prize in the Open Category of the 2015 Hippocrates Prize for her poem ‘In the Giraffe House’ from her collection in progress Mama Amazonica.

Pascale Petit is mentoring Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, May 2015 – May 2016 Danielle, who lives in Trinidad and Tobago, won the 2015 Hollick Arvon Caribbean Writers Prize which includes one year’s mentoring.

Pascale Petit has a feature Omphalos in the Spring 2015 The Poetry Review 1051-Poetry-Review_Cover-RGB-300
An occasional series in which poets write about a place central to their imaginative world


Pascale Petit has three new poems in the Spring 2015 Transatlantic issue of Ploughshares3d-cover-411 edited by Neil Astley
The poems are ‘Mama Amazonica’, ‘Jaguar Girl’ and ‘My Wolverine’,
from her seventh collection in progress. You can see her read ‘My Wolverine’ on video here in a film made by Pamela Robertson-Pearce and Neil Astley, featuring seven poets from the issue

Poetry as Exorcism a feature by Pascale Petit is in the spring 2015 issue Mslexia feature Poetry as Exorcism 2015 - Version 2of Mslexia https://mslexia.co.uk/current-issue/



Fauverie was shortlisted for the 2014 TS Eliot Prize. Pascale Petit read for the TS Eliot Prize Readings at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 11 January 2015 – Here’s Pascale’s reading:

‘My Father’s Wardrobe’ a poem from Fauverie is The Saturday Poem in the Guardian, Saturday 18 October 2014

‘Caracal’ a poem from Fauverie is Carol Rumens’ Poem of the Week in the Guardian, Monday 29 September 2014

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