Pascale Petit Readings

Pascale Petit Readings

‘Pascale Petit manages to do the impossible, weaving together a story of trauma, illness, and tragedy and steeping it in the natural world,  transforming her troubled relationship with her mother into a story of the Amazon rainforest. It is a feat both stylistic and imaginative, and the result is something utterly original.’  – Tahmima Anam, on behalf of the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018 Judges

Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica, awarded Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2017 and shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018, has won the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018 - the first time in the prize's 15-year history that a poetry title has won. 

Pascale launched the book in September 2017 with 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 in 2018, including Birmingham's Verve Festival in February and the Cuirt Festival in April and Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. She'll be reading at Winchester Poetry Festival in October 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’.



Penzance Poetry Parlour, Cornwall, Thursday 27 September, 7 for 7.30pm

40 St James Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2BU

Pascale Petit reading with Alyson Hallett, hosted by Katrina Naomi

Entry is by a minimum £6 donation
An easy 8 minutes walk from Penzance rail/bus station.

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Winchester Poetry Festival 1.45–3pm Saturday 6 October 2018

Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester

Let Light be Enough: Pascale Petit, Jo Morgan, Doireann Ni Ghriofa

Tickets £11.00 Concs £10.00, Students £9.00

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Peace Poetry at Birmingham Literature Festival 4pm Saturday 13 October 2018

The Studio, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 6 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EP

Menna Elfyn, Ian Duhig and Pascale Petit consider Wilfred Owen and read their own peace poems. Introduced by Molly Rosenberg and chaired by Dr Gregory Leadbetter

RLF Fellows & Members book HERE
£8 (£6.40 conc)

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Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, Sunday 4 November 2018, 4-5pm (plus workshops on Saturday 3 November)

Pascale Petit, Mimi Khalvati and Jane Duran co-founders, give a reading to celebrate 20 years of the Poetry School. 
Pascale will also give two workshops on Saturday 3rd November

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Monday 12 November 2018, Yehuda Amichai Festival, Free Word Centre London, 7-8.45pm

Eva Hoffman, Pascale Petit, Erez Bitton, Yvonne Green, Aviva Dautch and Eve Grubin each read their favourite Amichai poem, then read their own work. Hosted by Amichai's widow, Hana, and his son David who will read some of Amichai's poems in the original.

Ticket price £10

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

An interview with Pascale is in the March 2018 issue The Compass Magazine, illustrated with her own photographs. Click here to read.

[10 September 2018]

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