Pascale Petit Readings

Pascale Petit Readings

‘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

Mama Amazonica is a profoundly moving collection which leaves the reader with an enriched sense of the natural world as well as a renewed admiration for this incredible writer.’ - Sarah Coles, Planet

Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica, awarded Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2017, was published by Bloodaxe Books on National Poetry Day, 28 September.  Mama Amazonica is Pascale Petit’s first collection from Bloodaxe Books.  She launched the book with a series of events, including readings at King’s Lynn Poetry Festival, North Cornwall Book Festival, The Cheltenham Literature Festival and at the Hay Festival Winter Weekend, with further appearances at festivals to follow in 2018.

Mama Amazonica is set in a psychiatric ward and in the Amazonian rainforest, an asylum for animals on the brink of extinction. The book tells the story of Pascale Petit’s mentally ill mother and the consequences of abuse, as well as celebrating the beauty of the wild, whether in the mind or the natural world. As the PBS selectors note: ‘…her greatest, most singular achievement has been to tackle difficult subject matter head-on, while simultaneously distancing herself from it through the use of exotic metaphor.’  Pascale has commented that it is a book that took her ‘63 years to write’.


Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham, Saturday 17 February 2018, 6-7.30pm

Pascale Petit, Hannah Lowe & Sandeep Parmar

Verve's Saturday poetry headline features three award-winning poets at the top of their game. Sandeep Parmar’s Eidolon won the inaugural Ledbury Forte prize for best second collection. Hannah Lowe is a Next Generation poet and her most recent collection, Chan was published by Bloodaxe in 2016. Four times T.S. Eliot Prize shortlisted Pascale Petit reads from her 7th collection Mama Amazonica, PBS Choice for Autumn 2017.  Pascale will be running a workhshop at Verve on 18 February.

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Pascale Petit Workshop, Sunday 18 February 2018, 10am-12 noon,

'Writing the Dangerous and Wild: The imagination is a realm where wildness can thrive. In Mama Amazonica, Pascale superimposed her mother’s madness onto the luxuriance of the Amazon rainforest, both in precarious balance. You will be encouraged to write poems celebrating the beauty and danger of the wild, whether it’s in human nature or the natural world.'


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Out-Spoken, 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London, W1D1LL, Wednesday 7 March 2018, Doors open 7pm

Pascale Petit, Malaika Kegode & Hannah Silva will be reading at 100 Club.

£5 Early Bird tickets are currently available. Normal price £8 online or £10 at the door.

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Click here to read Pascale's blog and see photos of her trips to the Amazon.

[16 February 2018]

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