Welcome to Pascale Petit’s website

Welcome to the website of poet Pascale Petit. Pascale’s eighth collection, Tiger Girl, published by Bloodaxe in 2020, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection and for Wales Book of the Year. Her seventh collection Mama Amazonica, published by Bloodaxe in 2017, won the inaugural Laurel Prize 2020, the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize 2018 and was the Poetry Book Society Choice. Four of Pascale’s earlier collections were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Salt publish her debut novel My Hummingbird Father in 2024 and Bloodaxe publish her ninth collection, Beast, in April 2025. Beast won the Society of Authors’ Arthur Welton Prize while in progress.

‘I am in love with this book! Haunting, grotesque, lush and strangely tender. A stunning debut novel, afraid of nothing and deeply poetic.’ – Warsan Shire on My Hummingbird Father

‘I think this might be her best book so far because of this complexity of a family in crisis against a planet in crisis – she’s very much a poet of the environment… She has a powerful, imagistic authority over the landscape. It’s a very moving, powerful book.’ – Daljit Nagra, reviewing Tiger Girl on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row

‘Petit is a passionate laureate of the natural world, but alive to the cruelty of human depredation…’ – Aingeal Clare, The Guardian

‘Beautifully sad, the imagery inexhaustible, the sorrow and torment both tempered and sharpened by the relish for language and the ingenuity of the imagination.’ – Simon Armitage on Mama Amazonica

                                                                                                                              Photo credit Derrick Kakembo
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Events and readings

The Live Poetry Club St Ives, Cornwall 11am-12.30 Saturday 10 August
Pascale Petit will read from and talk about her latest poetry collection, Tiger Girl.
St Agnes MMI – The Miners & Mechanics’ Institute 18 Vicarage Road St Agnes TR5 0TL
Tickets are just £5 and include a free poetry book of the writer’s work and free refreshments. Concessions available, no questions asked, just reach out
For more info and to book tickets click HERE

Write & Shine: Nature & Cities My Hummingbird Father Tues 1st October 2024
Pascale will talk about her debut novel My Hummingbird Father, just published by Salt
and will offer workshop prompts on the theme of Nature & Cities – My Hummingbird Father is set in Paris and a remote plateau deep in the Venezuelan Amazon.
To book and for more info click HERE

Sutton Literary Festival, Sutton, London, Sunday 13 October 2024
Pascale Petit Talk on My Hummingbird Father and Mama Amazonica
Honeywood Museum, Carshalton, Sutton
London launch of My Hummingbird Father (more details tba)

Women in Word Literary Festival, Penzance, Cornwall, 5–8 June 2025
Pascale Petit reading and masterclass, more tba
The Hypatia Trust, Lower Ground Floor, The Regent, 54 Chapel Street (entrance on Custom House Lane) Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4AE
Further details tbc HERE

Selected Past Events

BBC Contains Strong Language Festival, Leeds, 3:30pm Fri 22 September
Laurel Prize for Nature and Ecopoetry Prizegiving, with Chair of judges Pascale Petit, and judges Reeta Chakarbarti and Nick Laird, at Howard Assembly Room Book HERE
Pascale also lead the Laurel Prize Workshop 10am – 11.30 Fri 22 Sept
Leeds Central Library, Book HERE

Maison de la Poésie, Paris, launch of bilingual edition Fauverie 7pm Fri 29 Sep
To book and for more details click HERE
Pascale Petit read for the launch of the bilingual edition of her collection Fauverie, translated into French by Valérie Rouzeau, with a preface by Martine de Clercq, published by Le Castor Astral in summer 2023, and for the launch of L’île Rebelle: Anthologie de poésie britannique au tournant du XXI siécle, published by Gallimard Poésie, also in 2023.
With Martine De Clercq, Pascale Petit, Stephen Romer & Valérie Rouzeau, Chaired by Jacques Darras

Forward Meet the Poet 7 – 7.45pm BST Tuesday 1 September 2020
Pascale Petit, read from Tiger Girl, and was in conversation with Kim Moore, one of the judges for the Forward Prize Best Collection shortlist.
Zoom online event. Booking £3 HERE

Launch of Tiger Girl 7pm to 8pm Tuesday 8 September 2020
Pascale Petit launched Tiger Girl, along with Wayne-Holloway Smith and Phoebe Stuckes, who also launched their new poetry collections, Tuesday 8 September 7pm BST. Hosted by editor Neil Astley, this was streamed live through the Bloodaxe Books YouTube channel and can now be viewed. Here is a 15 minute clip of Pascale’s reading:

Pascale Petit’s collection Tiger Girl was shortlisted for Best Collection, in the 2020 Forward Prize for Poetry.
Here she reads her poem ‘Jungle Owlet’ during the online awards event in October 2020.


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Pascale Petit’s debut novel My Hummingbird Father to be published by Salt September 2024
Click here for more information

A photographic portrait of Pascale Petit is included in the Museum of Colour My Words exhibition. This exhibition documents 40 British poets of colour (1766-2016). Portrait © Derrick T Kakembo.
To visit the online exhibition click HERE

Two poems by Pascale Petit were included in the exhibition It’s Only The End of The World held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, 16-20 May 2022, during the first International UN Network on Migration Forum. The exhibition pairs each imagined future with a poem from artists, whose works celebrate the beauty of our natural world, mourn its destruction and call out for urgent action. You can also visit a virtual exhibition of the still pictures here: https://migrationnetwork.un.org/Exhibition2022

Pascale’s poems ‘Green Bee-eater’ from Tiger Girl and ‘Rainforest in the Sleep Room’ from Mama Amazonica were featured in videos for the virtual exhibition, with the poems read by Pascale herself.

‘Her Glasses’, a poem from Pascale Petit’s eighth collection Tiger Girl, is displayed on London Undergound for July 2021, more details HERE

Pascale Petit’s eighth collection Tiger Girl is shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year in the poetry category, more details HERE

Pascale Petit is a judge for the 2021 Forward Prizes for Poetry
, along with Leontia Flynn, Shivanee Ramlochan, Tristram Fane Saunders and Chair, James Naughtie
Click HERE for more details on the Forward website

The Verb: Green Memoir, BBC Radio 3, Friday 13 November 2020, 10pm
Pascale Petit was a guest on Radio 3’s The Verb on 13 November.
Pascale read ‘Her Tigress Eyes’ and ‘Green Bee-eater’ from her eighth collection Tiger Girl and ‘Kapok’ from her seventh collection Mama Amazonica.
Listen here.

Pascale Petit’s seventh collection, Mama Amazonica, has won the inaugural Laurel Prize. Poet Laureate Simon Armitage’s new award that recognises and encourages the resurgence of nature and environmental writing currently taking place in poetry. More information HERE and HERE
Tiger Girl was shortlisted for the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Collection
Pascale Petit‘s eighth collection Tiger Girl, (Bloodaxe, 2020) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection. The judges were Leaf Arbuthnot, Kim Moore, Alexandra Harris, Roger Robinson and David Wheatley.  More details HERE

Pascale Petit won the 2020 Keats-Shelley poetry prize with her poem ‘Indian Paradise Flycatcher’, which is now published in her collection Tiger Girl.
Read more HERE

Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3, Wednesday 1 May 2019, 10pm
Pascale Petit and three other winners of the RSL Ondaatje Prize took part in a special event at the British Library on 16 April 2019 to celebrate 15 years of the Prize. This event was recorded for BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, and was broadcast on Wednesday 1 May. Pascale talked about how the Amazon rainforest inspired the collection, and read her poem ‘Jaguar Mama’ from Mama Amazonica.
Listen hereAlso downloadable as a BBC Arts & Ideas podcast.

Pascale Petit was on Radio 3’s The Verb 10pm Friday 19th October 2018
discussing ‘Forests and Metaphor’ and reading from her Ondaatje prizewinning collection Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017)

Pascale Petit’s Mama Amazonica has won the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018
Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize, announced on 14 May 2018 at the Travellers Club, London.  The prize is an annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, best evoking the spirit of a place.

‘Rich with metaphor, the poems explode on the page with the multiple narratives of motherhood, illness, pain, and redemption. All of this set in a rainforest that is both mythic and vividly alive. This is a book that feels almost magical in its unlikeliness, and that for me is what made it a clear winner,’- Tahmima Anam, on behalf of the judges Daljit Nagra, Eva Hoffman, Tahmima Anam.

Pascale Petit is a RSL Literature Matters Awards winner
On 30 November 2018 the Royal Society of Literature awarded her a grant to write the first half of her eighth collection Tiger Girl, a sequence of poems exploring foreignness, in the context of Brexit Britain and her grandmother’s Indian heritage. One of the judges, Imtiaz Dharker, said that ‘a new collection of poems by Pascale Petit is always something to celebrate. To each one she brings images worked in the round, electrified by language to be live and sensuous’.

Mama Amazonica is the Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2017

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

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:

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