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. She'll be reading at Ledbury, Kendal and Winchester Poetry Festivals 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’.



Indian King Poets, La Predera, North Cornwall, 7pm, Monday 18 June 2018

The Indian King Poetry Centre, Trefrew Road, Camelford PL32 9TP



Brittle Star magazine launch and prizegiving 6.30 for 7pm Wednesday 20 June 2018

Music Library, Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Pascale Petit reading and prizegiving with competition winners.


Shame: Poetry & Psychoanalysis Conference 29-30 June 2018, London

Institute of Psychoanalysis, Byron House, 112A Shirland Rd, London W9 2BT

Pascale Petit reading on Friday evening 29th June and taking part in a panel discussion on Prize Culture on Saturday 30 June
with Mona Arshi, Don Share, and Jack Underwood.


Ledbury Poetry Festival, Wednesday 4 July, 8-9pm

Pascale Petit will appear at three events at Ledbury:

She will be reading at Ledbury alongside fellow Bloodaxe poet Tishani Doshi, who is on tour in the UK and Ireland.

The Poetry Society readings for the National Poetry Competition 40th anniversary Thursday 5 July 3.30-5pm
readers: Jo Shapcott, Pascale Petit, Dom Bury, Mary Jean Chan, Momtaza Mehri

Pascale reads for #MeToo anthology launch 6.30-7.30pm Thursday 5 July
with Deborah Alma, Kim Moore, chaired by Roz Goddard

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Kendal Poetry Festival, 7-9pm, Saturday 8 September 2018

Location: Kendal Suite, Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Ln, Kendal LA9 6RG

Pascale Petit reading with fellow Bloodaxe poet Nikola Madzirov.

Tickets: £8

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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.


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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Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, 2 November 2018

Pascale Petit, Mimi Khalvati and Jane Duran co-founders, give a reading to celebrate 20 years of the Poetry School.


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.

[11 June 2018]

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