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  (2014) was her fourth to be shortlisted for the 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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dafna-kaplan-111609Jerwood Centre, Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere, Cumbria LA22 9SH 7pm Thursday 20 October
Elements Festival reading for the West Lakes residency
Other readings in Cumbria on 19/23/24/25 October, see website for details and venues

Florence Arts Centre, Egremont, Cumbria, 6pm 25 October
Final reading in west Cumbria for the Elements Festival to close my West Lakes residency

Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival 12-13 November 2016
The Falmouth Hotel, Castle Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall
Pascale Petit will be reading with Steve Ely 10.30 – 11.30am Saturday 12 November, and leading a workshop 2.30 – 3.30pm
12 – 12.45 Sunday 13 November: panel discussion on poetry and the visual arts. Pascale Petit, Jane Yeh, Andrew Lanyon, Henrietta Boex (Director, Falmouth Art Gallery). Chair: Matt Osmond

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News and Events

Pascale Petit is the poetry mentor for the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme 2017/18, and will mentor four poets for one year. Apply here if you have attended an Arvon in 2015/16 and don’t yet have a first collection.

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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