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 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, the Arvon Foundation, and Ty Newydd. Pascale 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.

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.

Writing the Wild: a Poetry Course at Ty Newydd in North Wales
March 14–19 2016
Led by Robert Minhinnick and Pascale Petit, guest reader Samantha Wynne Rhydderch.

Engaging imaginatively with wild nature is an imperative which has dominated the work of some of the greatest writers throughout history, but is often overlooked in our lives. Each person’s unique interpretations of the wild will be encouraged and explored, whether based on tropical rainforests or the Welsh coastline. The tutors are dedicated to writing about the natural world alongside the threats it faces, but they understand that the human imagination is a realm where wildness can thrive. Featuring group workshops and individual time with both tutors, who are also highly experienced poetry magazine editors, this is a wonderful opportunity to work intimately with two esteemed and vivid writers – both of them recipients of numerous accolades and prize.

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

The Thrill of Writing at your Best, a tutored poetry retreat at The Hurst, Arvon Centre May 9–13 2016 SOLD OUT
Tutors George Szirtes and Pascale Petit
Guest reader: Liz Berry

Editors often say they look for freshness and originality in poems, a distinct style with fire at its heart. You may be seriously engaged with the craft, but wonder where to go next. Are you looking for that extra spark, and need the time to make it happen? This retreat will give you the opportunity to take your work to another level. There will be no workshops, just concentrated writing time, and two tutors to help you push your poetry forward towards publication, and, more importantly, to your best.


Sky in the Eye: developing creativity using women surrealists’ art as a palette at Ty Newydd in North Wales 25–30 July 2016
Led by film-maker Pamela Robertson-Pearce and poet Pascale Petit
Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd LL52 0LW
Book online HERE
This course will develop creativity and free the imagination through women surrealists’ art and practices. Whether you are a poet, prose writer, visual artist, or just interested in the potential of surrealism to energise your work, this course will help you find an authentic voice for a sustained art practice.

We will explore the rich heritage of surrealism, focusing on women artists such as Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Meret Oppenheim, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller and Annette Messager. There will be screenings of films, such as Pamela’s Imago: Meret Oppenheim, and Pascale will offer writing exercises and games. Books and images will be available for research and readings. A dream journal will be started and time set aside to write and/or draw in it each morning. Apart from morning workshops, films and talks, there will be an opportunity for private time in the afternoons and one to ones with the tutors.