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
Pascale Petit’s seventh poetry collection Mama Amazonica, which has been awarded Poetry Book Society Choice for Autumn 2017, was published by Bloodaxe Books on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September. Mama Amazonica is Pascale Petit’s first collection from Bloodaxe Books. She will be launching the book with a series of events, including readings at King’s Lynn Poetry Festival, North Cornwall Book Festival and The Cheltenham Literature Festival, with further appearances at festivals to follow next year.
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’.
PASCALE PETIT LAUNCH READINGS FOR MAMA AMAZONICA, AUTUMN 2017
St Mungo’s Mirrorball, Glasgow , Thursday 16 November 2017, 7pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
Pascale Petit will read from Mama Amazonica.
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Saturday 25 November: Hay Winter Weekend, Hay-on-Wye, 10am, Swan Ballroom
Pascale Petit will read at Hay Winter Weekend alongside fellow Bloodaxe poet Menna Elfyn.
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Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Thursday 30 November 2017, 7.15pm
Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Culture Lab, Percy Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU
Pascale Petit reading from Mama Amazonica, with James Sheard reading from The Abandoned Settlements, both Poetry Book Society Choices
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Click here to read Pascale's blog and see photos of her trips to the Amazon.
[14 November 2017]