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 Invisible Zoos: Poetry and Nature a poetry course at Ty Newydd with David Morley, guest reader Jane Draycott, 10–15 September 2018; Poetry: Mythological Explorations at Lumb Bank Arvon Centre with George Szirtes, guest reader Imtiaz Dharker, 11–16 June 2018; 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, Omikemi Natacha Bryan and Momtaza Mehri for The Complete Works project, is a co-founding tutor of The Poetry School, 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 leading very popular poetry and art courses. 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.

Invisible Zoos: Poetry and Nature Course at Ty Newydd in North Wales
10–15 September 2018
Led by David Morley and Pascale Petit, guest reader Jane Draycott.

‘My concern has been to capture not animals particularly and not poems, but simply things which have a vivid life of their own…’ – Ted Hughes, Poetry in the Making. We will track and capture our poems as though they were creatures which have a life of their own.

Tutors will bring field equipment, microscope, binoculars, birdsong, bat detector, insect net, animal myths and field-guides to sound out the teeming Tŷ Newydd gardens with their vistas of the sea and distant Black Mountains. We will also track poems along the wooded banks of the nearby river Dwyfor as it flows towards the estuary, and beyond, along Cricieth West beach.

Bring a passion for nature, poetry and the outdoors. By the end of the week you will have created a poetic open zoo, written during fieldwork, workshops, individual tuition, and with the aid of inspiring wildlife poems.

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

Poetry: Mythological Explorations, at Lumb Bank Arvon Centre, Yorkshire, June 11–16th 2018
Tutors George Szirtes and Pascale Petit
Guest reader: Imtiaz Dharker

In this course for poets seeking to hone their craft, your tutors will help you place personal stories into a wider historical and social context, and transform your life into a written adventure. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to let your imagination fly and to write as boldly, colourfully, and deeply as you dare. Workshops will spark poems and one-to–one tutorials will hone technique, with precious writing time, to complement them. Bring your drafts and we will help you cook them into poems that delight and inspire both you and your readers.