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Welcome to the official website of poet Pascale Petit. Pascale's fifth collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo was published by Seren in the UK (2010) and Black Lawrence Press in the US (2011). The UK edition was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was a book of the year in the Observer. Five poems from her sixth collection Fauverie won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. Seren will publish the book in September 2014.

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News and events

Pascale Petit has been awarded the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize
won for a portfolio of five poems from her forthcoming collection Fauverie.


The winning poems can be read here

Pascale Petit was awarded an Arts Council of England
Grant for the Arts to complete her sixth collection Fauverie. The award was to buy time and spend a month in Paris for research. The collection will be published by Seren in September 2014.

Advanced Poetry Workshop for The Poetry School Wednesdays
18th September 2013 until Wednesday July 23rd 2014
Summer Term has 2 classes: 4-6pm and 6.45 - 8.45pm 7th May to 23rd July 2014
Pascale is tutoring two advanced poetry workshops in 3 x 10 week terms, Wednesday 4-6pm and 6.45 -8.45pm
The Poet
ry School, Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX
Tel: 0207 582 1679 Email: administration@poetryschool.com  
To book and for more info click here.

Transforming Darkness, workshop with Pascale Petit and Gill Hart in the Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance exhibition at the National Gallery, London,11am - 5pm  Saturday 5 April 2014

With its distorted image of a skull across the foreground, ‘The Ambassadors’ (see above) is a painting that challenges perception. On this one-day writing course run in partnership with the Poetry Society and led by award-winning poet Pascale Petit with Gill Hart, participants will respond to works in the 'Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance' exhibition at the National Gallery, London.
Tickets £50/£40 concessions (ticket includes entry to the exhibition 'Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance'). Places are limited to 15, Book online:
Tel: 020 7747 2888tickets@ng-london.org.uk

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Pascale Petit reads and announces competition winners, 8pm 15 April 2014
First Prize £1,000
More details: http://kentandsussexpoetry.com/the-kent-sussex-poetry-society-open-competition/
Camden Centre, Market Square, Royal Victoria Centre, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2SW
£3 (students £2) For more details (01892) 662781 kentandsussexpoetry@gmail.com

London Zoo Writing Course – Poetry Workshop at the Zoo, 10am - 5pm Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April 2014
Tutors Pascale Petit and Astrid Alben. Book by phone: 0844 225 1826 Mon to Sun (8.30am-5.30pm)
  Cost: £200
To register please email Steve Marriot at arts@zsl.org http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/whats-on/poetry-workshop-with-pascale-petit-and-astrid-alben
This course Not so far from the gods, not so far from the beasts either is for anyone who wants to develop their writing skills while thinking and learning about animals, the environment and conservation issues. As well as the encounter day at ZSL London Zoo on Saturday, where you will get the opportunity to view the animals and speak to the keepers, this intense weekend course will comprise of workshops where you will write through exercises and have tutor feedback. Writers of poetry, prose and non-fiction are all welcome.

Pascale Petit is delighted to announce she is mentoring Warsan Shire for The Complete Works II
Warsan Shire has been appointed the first Young Poet Laureate for London and is
the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural African Poetry Prize.

Poetry and Serious Play: Matisse, Words and Paper, a course at Tate Modern, Mondays 18.45 - 20.15, 2 June - 7 July 2014
Led by poet Pascale Petit
Tate Modern throughout the galleries, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
to book online or call 020 7887 8888
£150 (concs available). Price includes free drinks in the Members Room after each class

The Wild Life of Poems – a poetry writing course at Chateau Ventenac in the South of France with Pascale Petit, 17–23 May 2014

For more details click here.
Email julia@chateauventenac.com or phone Julia in the Languedoc:  ++44 (0) 7773 206344  or 0033 671 894990

Dylan Thomas, Surrealism and Popular Culture, A Dylan Odyssey, 1.30-4.30pm Saturday 14 June 2014
Poet Pascale Petit and Melissa Munro will guide us on an exclusive Dylan Thomas-themed walk and viewing at the National Museum Cardiff, starting with the museum's Surrealist collections
Start/Finish point: Entrance steps of the National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP
Ticket price £17 (£15) Light refreshments and canapés included. http://www.literaturewales.org/book-odyssey-tickets/

Developing Personal Myths from Indigenous Traditions – Ty Newydd residential course in North Wales 14-19 July 2014
Led by Pascale Petit and Canadian Ojibway poet Armand G Ruffo
Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd LL52 0LW
To book phone 01766 522811 or email: tynewydd@literaturewales.org
Drawing on a rich store of traditional Canadian and Amazonian indigenous myths, you’ll be encouraged to write poems or prose pieces that transform the raw material of your lives into personal mythology. Individual tutorials will be available, and evening sessions will include Armand’s illustrated talk about the celebrated indigenous Canadian painter Norval Morrisseau.

Launch readings for Fauverie

Wymondham Words Festival, Norfolk, Friday evening 19 September 2014

Kings Lynn Poetry Festival, 26 - 28 September 2014

Manchester Literature Festival, Living Worlds Gallery at Museum, Wednesday evening 8 October 2014

First Thursdays at Chapter Arts, Cardiff, Thursday 6 November, 2014

Lumb Bank Arvon Centre, guest reader for poetry course with David Morley and Caroline Bird, Wednesday 19 November 2014

Dromineer Literary Festival, Tipperary, Ireland, Saturday 3 October, 2015

(next Sky in the Eye course is in summer 2015)

Sky in the Eye: Developing Creativity Using Women Surrealists' Art as a Palette Ty Newydd residential course in North Wales, 15 - 20 July 2013
Led by poet Pascale Petit and filmmaker Pamela Robertson-Pearce
Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Cricieth, Gwynedd LL52 0LW

To book phone 01766 522811 or email: tynewydd@literaturewales.org


This course will develop creativity and free the imagination through women surrealists’ art and practices. Whether you are a poet, prose writer, visual artist, or just interested in the potential of surrealism to energise your work, this course will help you find an authentic voice for a sustained art practice.

Selected Past Events



Pascale went to Shanghai in Dec 2011 to take part in a translation project as Visiting Poetry Fellow at Fudan University. Read her account on UEA's New Writing Net: http://www.newwriting.net/writing/translation/chinese-water-and-bronze-demons

Hear Pascale talking with Debbie Taylor of Mslexia about poetry phobia and reading from What the Water Gave Me on Woman's Hour BBC Radio 4

Black Lawrence Press
published the US edition of What the Water Gave Me:
Poems after Frida Kahlo

TS Eliot Prize: Listen to Pascale Petit's reading in the Royal Festival Hall for the Shortlist Readings, on the Poetry Book Society website

Listen to two poems from TS Eliot Prize shortlisted What the Water Gave Me on BBC Radio 4's Today programme website. http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9361000/9361532.stm

Dinefwr Literature Festival, West Wales, 7pm Friday 29 June 2012
Pascale Petit in conversation with critic Jasper Rees about Poetry and Painting and her latest collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo
Inaugural festival in Dinefwr Park and Castle, Carmarthenshire



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Belgrade Poetry Festival 29 May – 2 June 2012
Pascale Petit attended the Belgrade Poetry Festival to launch the Serbian edition of her second poetry collection The Zoo Father (published by Treci Trg), translated by Milan Dobricic. The cover is designed by Dragana Nikolic and there are eleven illustrations inside. To purchase see publisher's website: http://www.trecitrg.org.rs


Poetry School Online
: Towards a Collection downloable course
an online course
by Pascale Petit for advanced poets preparing a first collection is available on The Poetry School website
£10 for the course. For more details click here


Poetry from Art pamphlet launch Saturday 24 September 2011


Copyright Tate, photographed by Ana Escobar, Poetry from Art book launch 2011 (please do not use without permission from Tate)
Tate Modern published a pamphlet of poems by the poets on the Poetry from Art 2011 summer course, edited by Pascale Petit
There was a public reading to launch the anthology which is now available from the Tate Modern bookshop.

Metamorphoses: Pascale Petit took part in the first translation conference in Algiers, organised by EUNIC in partnership with the British Council, 21-25 April 2012

Photo credit Dafna Kaplan
Sha'ar International Poetry Festival 29–31 October 2009
Israel Poetry from the Conflict Zone
at The Arabic-Hebrew Theatre, Jaffa

Yellow Mountain Poetry Festival in UK

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Poetry of Yellow Mountain – Purcell Room, South Bank Centre
Part Two of English/Chinese Yellow Mountain (Huangshan) poetry festival

Part One of Yellow Mountain festival in Huangshan, Anhui Province, China

The British Council's New Silk Road, Kazahkstan



Tobias Hill and Pascale Petit led workshops with 28 Kazakh and Uzbek writers Almaty, Kazakhstan


From Kathmandu: Pratik the Special Contemporary British Poetry issue
guest edited by Pascale Petit
editor Yuyutsu R D Sharma

Pratik Launch at Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu   Machapuchere (Fishtail) Mountain on Annapurna Trek



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