Tate Modern (C) Masayo Matsuda

Poetry from Art at Tate Modern photo by Masayo Matsuda

Tate Modern (C) Katie Snooks

Poetry from Art at Tate Modern photo by Katie Snooks

Would you like help with your poems? Pascale Petit offers workshops and courses, including: Ty Newydd residential course Transforming Trauma a poetry course at Ty Newydd with Karen McCarthy Woolf, guest reader Malika Booker, 11–16 September 2017; Alive or Dead?: a poetry course at Totleigh Barton Arvon Centre with Moniza Alvi, guest reader Niall Campbell, 21–26 August 2017; and Towards a Collection Online with The Poetry School. See below for further details for all courses.

Pascale Petit is the Jerwood Arvon Poetry Mentor for the 2017/18 programme, and is mentoring Romalyn Ante, Yvonne Reddick, Alice Hiller and Seraphima Kennedy for the scheme. Pascale also mentored Mahfuz Mir Ali, Warsan Shire, Natacha Bryan and Momtaza Mehri for The Complete Works project, is a co-founding tutor of The Poetry School, gives workshops/talks/readings in colleges and universities, and was Poetry Editor of Poetry London for fifteen years.

She was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art 2011–12, a core course tutor on the MSt (Master of Studies in creative writing) at Oxford University 2007–9, and a tutor for Tate Modern for nine years. She tutors regularly at Arvon centres and Ty Newydd in North Wales.

I find the classes amazing for taking me on journeys in writing I would never have embarked on by myself. The most creative poetry classes I have ever attended. – Nathalie Teitler

Just wanted to thank you for such a magical week at the Chateau, it generated lots of ideas and I had a total shift in my thinking about poetry – and life. – Seraphima Kennedy

I was impressed by how much material you helped us generate and how much we were  encouraged to revise in the few days we were together. It is one of the most productive courses I have attended, and of course, the setting was magnificent. – Kate Kingston

Future Courses and Workshops

Towards a Collection Online
Pascale Petit has written a
n online downloadable course with The Poetry School for £10
Download online HERE
The aim of this course is to give guidance and advice towards compiling a collection and getting it published.

Transforming Trauma: a Poetry Course at Ty Newydd in North Wales
11–16th September 2017 ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT
Led by Karen McCarthy Woolf and Pascale Petit, guest reader Malika Booker.

“Poetry should be strong enough to help,” so said the Greek poet George Seferis, and many contemporary poets agree, from Seamus Heaney to David Constantine. On this course we’ll explore ways to write poetry that can help us, not just to express the trials of our lives, but we’ll also attempt to transform trauma through the joy and playfulness of writing, having fun with form, imagery and language. We humans are not alone in our suffering: our companion species and the environment are also under increasing stress. Through discussion, reading and writing, we will have a range of possibilities to choose from, whether writing the personal, or looking outward at eco-trauma and beyond. The tutors Karen and Pascale have both written about personal and eco-trauma and can offer a variety of approaches.

Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd LL52 0LW
To book phone 01766 522811 or email: tynewydd@literaturewales.org
Book online HERE

Alive or Dead? a poetry course at Totleigh Arvon Centre, Devon, August 21–26 2017 SOLD OUT
Tutors Moniza Alvi and Pascale Petit
Guest reader: Niall Campbell

Does a poem really live? Does it have that ‘sudden sharp hot stink of fox’ that Ted Hughes described entering his head in ‘The Thought-Fox’? Does it leap onto the page then pulse with life when read? Through reading, writing and discussion we will encourage our own happy visitations. We will consider such aspects as imagination, language and form, to explore ways of making our poems more alive and vibrant.