Welcome to Pascale Petit’s website

Welcome to the website of UK poet Pascale Petit.Pascale Petit portrait
Pascale’s seventh collection Mama Amazonica, published by Bloodaxe in September 2017, is a Poetry Book Society Choice. It celebrates the beauty of the wild, whether in the mind or the natural world. It is set in a psychiatric ward and the Amazon rainforest, an asylum for animals on the brink of extinction, and draws on her travels in the Peruvian Amazon. Her sixth collection, Fauverie  (Seren), was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Five poems from the book won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. Her books have been translated into Spanish, (in Mexico), Chinese, French and Serbian. Pascale has had three collections chosen as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. In 2015 she received a Cholmondeley Award.

                                                                                                                                                    Photo credit Kitty Sullivan
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Mama Amazonica launch readings

Launch readings for Mama Amazonica    Pascale Petit reading

Kings Lynn Poetry Festival 7.30pm Friday 22 September  Pascale Petit reading with Martin Figura and Elisabeth Sennitt Clough
Town Hall,
Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn PE30 5DQ

Free Verse: London Poetry Book Fair Saturday 2.30-3pm 30 September
Pascale Petit and Karen McCarthy Woolf reading from their new collections for the Poetry Book Society
Conway Hall,
25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

North Cornwall Book Festival 1-2pm Saturday 7 October
Reading by Pascale Petit and Alyson Hallett
St Endellion Church, St Endellion, Cornwall PL29 3TP
Poetry Workshop, Sunday 8 October 10am-1pm, Pascale will lead a workshop in the Stone Barn, St Endellion

The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 4-5pm Wednesday 11 October
Pascale Petit reading from Mama Amazonica with Michael Symmons Roberts reading from Mancunia
Town Hall, Pillar Room, Cheltenham GL50 1QA

Poetry International Eco-Poetry: Poetry and Climate Change 12-1pm Sunday 15 October
Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London
Panel discussion and readings with Anne Carson, Sjon, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Pascale Petit

St Mungo’s Mirrorball, Glasgow 7pm Thursday 16 November
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
Pascale Petit will read from Mama Amazonica

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts 7.15pm Thursday 30 November
Pascale Petit reading from Mama Amazonica, with James Sheard reading from The Abandoned Settlements, both Poetry Book Society Choices
Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University,
NE1 7RU

Verve Poetry Festival Birmingham 16-18 February 2018
Pascale Petit will read from Mama Amazonica and lead a weekend workshop

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 17-18 March 2018
Pascale Petit reading & competition prizegiving 6.30-8pm Saturday 17 March

Pascale will lead a poetry workshop 10-1pm Sunday 18 March

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News and Events



Mama Amazonica is the Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2017

Pascale Petit is a judge for the 2017 National Poetry Competition with Andrew McMillan and Hannah Lowe

Pascale Petit is on the judging panel for the 2017 Manchester Poetry Prize
for Manchester Metropolitan University, with Adam O’Riordan (chair) and Mona Arshi
who will award £10,000 to the winner for a small portfolio of poems, enter HERE

Pascale Petit is the poetry mentor for the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme 2017/18, and will mentor four poets for one year, they are: Romalyn Ante, Yvonne Reddick, Alice Hiller and Seraphima Kennedy. More information HERE

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 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
https://www.pshares.org/issues/spring-2015
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 T.S. Eliot Prize. Pascale Petit read for the T.S. 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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