Tutoring

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 courses, including Animals are Poems: but are your poems animals? a week-long residential course at Ty Newydd with David Morley, guest reader Yvonne Reddick, Mon 31 August 2020 – Sat 5 September 2020; and Where Do Poems Come From? at Moniack Mhor with Niall Campbell, guest reader Sinead Morrisey, Mon 14 September – Saturday 19 September 2020.

Animals are Poems: but are your poems animals? at Ty Newydd 31 August – 5 September 2020
Tutors / David Morley & Pascale Petit
Guest Reader / Yvonne Reddick
Poems are creatures with their own lives, so Ted Hughes believed when he wrote: “My concern has been to capture not animals particularly and not poems, but simply things which have a vivid life of their own…”. We will track and capture our poems as though they were creatures which have a life of their own, beyond our knowledge. Tutors will bring field equipment, binoculars, birdsong magnifiers, a bat detector, a microscope, animal myths, and field-guides to sound out the teeming Tŷ Newydd gardens with their vistas of the sea and 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 personal menagerie, written during fieldwork, workshops, individual tuition, and with the aid of inspiring wildlife poems.

Where Do Poems Come From? at Moniack Mhor 14 – 19 September 2020
Tutors / Niall Campbell & Pascale Petit
Guest Reader / Sinead Morrissey
Rainer Maria Rilke wrote: ‘Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write. This above all, ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night: Must I write?’
Are there poems you must write, that you’d like to go deeper, wilder or longer with? There might be a sequence or a story that you must tell. Niall and Pascale will share their own writing experiences, and help you find strategies to write your truth and make it compelling to the reader. Using exercises and games, they’ll show how poems can arrive from reading other poems, looking at the natural world, art, myth or from playing with images and language.

Pascale Petit was the Jerwood Arvon Poetry Mentor for the 2017/18 programme, and mentored 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