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Pascale’s seventh collection Mama Amazonica, published by Bloodaxe in September 2017, was a Poetry Book Society Choice. It is set in a psychiatric ward and the Amazon rainforest, 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 2018 she received a RSL Literature Matters 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 readings

Readings for Mama Amazonica    Pascale Petit reading

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 10.00 am – 12.00 Noon Pascale Petit Workshop:
Writing the Dangerous and Wild
Waterstones B’ham, 6th Floor Workshop Room 1

Out-Spoken Live, the Hundred Club, London, Wednesday 7th March
100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London WC1 1LL
Pascale Petit reading from Mama Amazonica, with Malaika Kegode, Hanna Silva
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm
Entry £8

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 8.30-10pm 17 March
Pascale Petit reading & competition prizegiving
Pascale will also lead a poetry workshop 10-1pm Sunday 18 March

Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway, 12noon Thursday 26 April
Pascale Petit reading with Imtiaz Dharker

Poets & Players, Manchester 2.30-4pm Saturday 12 May
Pascale Petit reading and prizegiving for the Poets & Players competition
The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER
Free entry

Belgrade International Poetry Festival, Serbia, 17-21 May 2018

Word on Tour Literature Works, St Austell Library 6.30-8.30pm Wednesday 6 June  2018
Julia Copus and Pascale Petit reading and in conversation

Indian King Poets, La Predera, North Cornwall, 7pm Monday 18 June
The Indian King Poetry Centre, Trefrew Road, Camelford PL32 9TP
Bookings: indianking@btconnect.com (after April 1st)

Kendal Poetry Festival, 7-9.30pm Saturday 8 September 2018

Penzance Poetry Parlour, Cornwall, Thursday 27 September
Pascale Petit reading with Alyson Hallett, hosted by Katrina Naomi
40 St James Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2BU
Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm, entry is by a minimum £5 donation

Winchester Poetry Festival 1.45–3pm Saturday 6 October 2018
Let the Light be Enough Pascale Petit, J O Morgan, Doireann Ni Ghriofa
Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester


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News and Events



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 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 was 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

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



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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