Welcome to Pascale Petit’s website

Pascale_Petit_credit Kaido VainomaaWelcome to the website of UK poet Pascale Petit. 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 collection 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 was selected as a Next Generation Poet in 2004.

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News and Events

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/



Pascale Petit and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton to judge 2015 Battered Moons poetry competition, closing date 30 June. Prizewinners announced at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 3 October, when Pascale will award prizes and give a reading followed by a masterclass on Sunday 4 October

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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Up and coming readings for Fauverie

dafna-kaplan-111609Scottish Poetry Library at the Saltire Society, Edinburgh 6.30pm Thursday 21 May 2015
Pascale Petit and Niall Campbell Poetry Reading
The Saltire Society, 9 Fountain Close, 22 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TF
Entry £5 (£4 concs)

The Midnight Run, Paris, 6-12pm Friday 12 June Starts at Maison de la Poésie and culminates in a reading at Shakespeare & Co.
Series founded by Inua Ellams. Pascale will take part in the Paris walk and lead a workshop during it.

Maison de la Poésie in Paris 9pm Saturday 13 June 2015
Pascale Petit and Valérie Rouzeau read from their latest books Fauverie and Vrouz, followed by the two poets in conversation. Bilingual event with a translator.
Passage Molière, 157, rue Saint-Martin – 75003 Paris, France

Bridlington Poetry Festival 7.00-7.45pm Friday 19 June 2015
Fauverie Illustrated Performance,
The Orangery, Sewerby Hall, Bridlington, Yorkshire

Dromineer Literary Festival, Tipperary, Ireland, 8pm Friday 2 October 2015
Reading by George Szirtes and Pascale Petit
Arts Centre, Nenagh, Tipperary

Poetry Swindon Festival  Swindon, 7pm Saturday 3 October 2015
Reading by Pascale Petit and prizegiving of Battered Moons poetry competition

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