Pascale Petit Readings
'Tiger Girl... pushes deep into the wilder places of the forest and the human heart. It shimmers with the colours of bee-eaters and flycatchers and rages at the darker regions of environmental expoloitation and cruelty... Pascale Petit, shortlisted for the alarming, mythic, beautiful Tiger Girl.' - Alexandra Harris, Chair of Judges, Forward Prize for Best Collection
Pascale Petit's eighth collection Tiger Girl was published by Bloodaxe in 2020. It was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2020 and the English language poetry category of Wales Book of the Year 2021.
Tiger Girl marks a shift from the Amazonian rainforests of her previous work to explore her grandmother’s Indian heritage and the fauna and flora of subcontinental jungles. Tiger girl is the grandmother, with her tales of wild tigers, but she’s also the endangered predators Petit encountered in Central India. In exuberant and tender ecopoems, the saving grace of love in an otherwise bleak childhood is celebrated through spellbinding visions of nature, alongside haunting images of poaching and species extinction.
Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica, awarded Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2017 and shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018, won the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018 - the first time in the prize's 15-year history that a poetry title won the award. It also won the inaugural Laurel Prize, UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage's new award for eco and environmental poetry. Pascale presented her Laurel Prize commission; 'Beast of Bodmin Moor' at Cornwall AONB on 22 September 2021.
Pascale Petit was interviewed on Radio 3's The Verb on Friday 13 November 2020. Listen here. She read poems from both Tiger Girl and Mama Amazonica at various points in the programme. Pascale gave a number of online readings and 'in conversation' events in autumn 2020, including at her Bloodaxe launch event in September (see videos below).
Saturday 19 February 2022, Shepton Mallet, Somerset - 2pm
Shepton Snowdrops: Hope in Nature Festival
Pascale Petit will give a short reading of her own poetry and announce the prizewinners of the Hope in Nature Poetry Competition who will read their winning entries. There are 3 age groups: 11 & Under, 12 to 17, 18 & Over. This event will be held at The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Peter Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5BW.
More details here.
Verve Poetry Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome - 16-22 February 2022
Sunday 20 February 2022, 1 – 3pm, Lloyds
Pascale Petit Workshop: The New Nature Poetry
Climate change is urgent and poets are seeking new approaches to nature writing, ways which are not always white-centric. We can no longer reliably portray the natural world as a source of permanence and solace. We will focus on what the new nature poets are doing in the UK to refresh the tradition, for example, how race affects attitudes to being in nature. We will spend most of the session studying contemporary eco-poems and aim to gain new insights and come away with a set of techniques to try in our own time.
Booking information here. In-person workshop tickets £22.50 (concessions £16.50).
Book for the online version here. Tickets £16.50.
Sunday 20 February 2022, 7 – 8.30pm, Patrick Studio
SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINE EVENT: Pascale Petit, Ian Duhig & Rachel Long
Verve Poetry Festival's final headline event of the weekend brings three vital poets together to read and talk about their work. Pascale Petit’s eighth collection, Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books, 2020), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and for Wales Book of the Year. A poem from the book won the Keats-Shelley Prize. Her seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), won the inaugural Laurel Prize for eco-poetry, and the RSL’s Ondaatje Prize. Ian Duhig is a Cholmondeley Award recipient and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose Selected Poems were published by Picador in 2021. Rachel Long’s debut collection, My Darling from the Lions (Picador 2020 / Tin House 2021) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, The Costa Book Award, The Rathbones Folio Prize, and the Jhalak Prize. This wonderful line-up, a real treat, will be hosted by Jonathan Davidson from Writing West Midlands and founder of Birmingham Literature Festival.
Sponsored by University of Wolverhampton
Booking information here. Tickets £6.50 (concessions 4.50).
Book for the livestream here. Tickets £4.50)
StAnza International Poetry Festival, St Andrews, Scotland, 11 & 12 March 2022 (in-person and online events)
Friday 11 March 2022, Holy Trinity Church, St. Andrews - 2-3.30pm
In-person readings with Pascale Petit, Leo Boix and Eléna Rivera. Where do we come from? And where is this leading? This afternoon’s extended reading and discussion presents three poets for whom questions of ‘roots’ are particularly important.
Booking information here. Tickets £8 / £6 / £4.
Book for the livestream here. Tickets £3.
Saturday 12 March, The Byre Theatre, St Andrews - 10-11.00am
Poetry Translation Breakfast: Yang Lian’s Translators
Chinese poet Yang Lian’s work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and has won a number of awards including the Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation (2021). Indeed, the roll-call of his UK based translators is impressive in its own right, including WN Herbert and Fiona Sampson in addition to this morning’s panellists Brian Holton, George Szirtes and Pascale Petit. Join Assistant Festival Director and translator Annie Rutherford for discussion and debate exploring with these poet-translators the challenges and opportunities (and pitfalls?) of translating Lian’s work.
Live in St Andrews – during this event you will be served a breakfast pastry and tea / coffee which is included in the ticket price.
Booking information here. Tickets £7 / £5 / £3. (Please note this event is not livestreamed.)
Saturday 11 June 2022, Resurgence Poetry Festival (online)
More details coming soon. Visit the website website here.
FILM FOR COP26, NOVEMBER 2021
Pascale Petit reads two poems for SHE Changes Climate at COP26
Pascale Petit reads ‘Rainforest in the Sleep Room’ from Mama Amazonica and ‘Green Bee-eater’ from Tiger Girl. Film by Brian Fraser and edited by Kit Ondaatje Rolls for a COP26 event at The Pipe Factory, Glasgow, on 9 November 2021. Photographs and videos of the Peruvian Amazon and the green bee-eater in Bandhavgarh National Park, India, by Brian Fraser and Pascale Petit. With kind permission of Kit Ondaatje Rolls.
Launch Reading by Pascale Petit, Wayne Holloway-Smith & Phoebe Stuckes, 7-8 pm BST, Tuesday 8 September 2020
Bloodaxe Books online launch by Pascale Petit, Wayne-Holloway Smith and Phoebe Stuckes of their new poetry collections. The event was live-streamed on 8 September, and is now on YouTube. Hosted by editor Neil Astley.
The three readings were followed by a Q&A session with the online audience. Pascale was the first to read.
Pascale Petit launched her new collection Tiger Girl in a Bloodaxe online launch reading shared with Wayne Holloway-Smith and Phoebe Stuckes on 8 September 2020. This video is an excerpt from that event which went out on YouTube Live.
An interview with Pascale Petit, focusing on Tiger Girl in particular, went online at Versopolis on 27 July 2020. Read here.
‘#ExtinctionRebellion’ and ‘For a Coming Extinction’ will both appear in my eighth collection, Tiger Girl, published by Bloodaxe in September 2020. Tiger Girl explores my grandmother’s Indian heritage and the fauna and flora of subcontinental jungles. Tiger girl is my grandmother, who brought me up with tales of wild tigers, but she’s also the endangered predators I encountered in Central India, with their threats of poaching, species extinction, and deforestation. In this overpopulated country, so many charismatic megafauna, such as tigers, leopards, elephants and sloth bears, have to inhabit smaller and smaller territories, next to displaced and impoverished forest tribals and local farmers. National parks and tiger reserves like Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh, where I spent most of my time, are like a crucible, where humanity and wildlife struggle for survival.'
Pascale Petit's poem 'Indian Paradise Flycatcher' from Tiger Girl won the Keats-Shelley Prize. More details on our website here.
[14 July 2020]