Pascale Petit Readings

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, is 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

Kings Lynn Poetry Festival, Friday 22 September, 7.30pm

Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, Kings Lynn PE30 5DQ

Pascale Petit reading with Martin Figura and Elisabeth Sennitt Clough.

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Free Verse: London Poetry Book Fair, Saturday 30 September, 2.30-3.00pm

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

Pascale Petit and Karen McCarthy Woolf reading from their new collections for the Poetry Book Society.

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North Cornwall Book Festival, Saturday 7 October, 1-2pm

St Endellion Church, St Endellion, Cornwall PL29 3TP

Reading by Pascale Petit and Alyson Hallett.

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North Cornwall Book Festival, Poetry Workshop, Sunday 8 October, 10am-1pm

Pascale will lead a workshop in the Stone Barn, St Endellion.

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The Times & Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Wednesday 11 October, 4pm-5pm

Town Hall, Pillar Room, Cheltenham GL50 1QA

Pascale Petit will read from Mama Amazonica with Michael Symmons Roberts who will read from Mancunia.

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Poetry International Eco-Poetry: Poetry and Climate Change 12-1pm Sunday 15 October

Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Panel discussion and readings with Anne Carson, Sjon, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Pascale Petit

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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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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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[13 September 2017]

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