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’.
PASCALE PETIT READINGS FOR MAMA AMAZONICA
Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Thursday 26 April 2018, 1pm
Pasacale Petit, whose 7th collection Mama Amazonica was published in September 2017, will be reading at Cuirt alongside Pakistani-born British artist and fellow Bloodaxe poet, Imtiaz Dharker, who will be reading from her 6th poetry collection Luck is the Hook, which is published in March 2018.
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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
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Indian King Poets, La Predera, North Cornwall, 7pm, Monday 18 June 2018
The Indian King Poetry Centre, Trefrew Road, Camelford PL32 9TP
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org (after April 1st)
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.
[19 April 2018]