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

‘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

Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica, awarded Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2017, has been shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018.  She launched the book 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. More to follow through 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’.


Poets & Players, Manchester 2.30-4pm, Saturday 12 May 2018

The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

Pascale Petit reading and prizegiving for the Poets & Players competition.

Free entry.  Click here for more information.

Belgrade International Poetry Festival, Serbia, 17-21 May 2018


Word on Tour Literature Works, St Austell Library, Cornwall, 7pm-8.30pm Wednesday 6 June 2018

St Austell Library, 2 Carlyon Rd, Saint Austell PL25 4LD

Julia Copus and Pascale Petit reading and in conversation

Entry £5

Click here to book.


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

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

Bookings: (after April 1st)


Ledbury Poetry Festival, Wednesday 4 July, 7-8pm

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

More information will be posted in due course at:


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.

[26 April 2018]

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