Welcome to Pascale Petit’s website

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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. Pascale’s sixth collection, Fauverie  (Seren), was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the 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.

This is a major literary feat, and this a brilliant sequence of poems. It burns in its own supranatural light. – Tim Liardet & Vona Groarke, PBS Bulletin on Mama Amazonica

                                                                                                                                                    Photo credit Kitty Sullivan
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Mama Amazonica launch readings

Launch readings for Mama Amazonica    Pascale Petit reading

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 with Claire Askew, David Kinloch and Hamish Whyte.

Hay Festival Winter Weekend 10am Saturday 25 November
Pascale Petit reading with Menna Elfyn
Swan Ballroom, The Swan Hotel, Church Street, Hay on Wye, HR3 5DQ

Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts 7.15pm Thursday 30 November
Poetry Book Society presents: 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,

Verve Poetry Festival Birmingham 6-7.30pm Saturday 17 February 2018
Pascale Petit will read with Sandeep Parmar and Hannah Lowe, hosted by Gregory Leadbetter
Waterstones Birmingham, 2nd Floor, Festival Main Stage
Sunday 18 Feb 2018 10.00 am – 12.00 Noon Pascale Petit Workshop: Writing the Dangerous and Wild
Waterstones B’ham, 6th Floor Workshop Room 1

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

Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway 23-29 April 2018
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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
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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