Pascale PetitFestival Poet

Pascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in Cornwall. She is of French/Welsh/Indian heritage. Her seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017) is a Poetry Book Society Choice. Tim Liardet & Vona Groarke commented in a PBS Bulletin on Mama Amazonica ‘This is a major literary feat, and this a brilliant sequence of poems. It burns in its own supernatural light’.

She has published six previous poetry collections, four of which have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, including most recently her sixth collection Fauverie (Seren, 2014). A portfolio of poems from Fauverie won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a 2015 Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors and was the chair of the judges for the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize.

Her books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Serbian and French. She is widely travelled in the Peruvian and Venezuelan Amazon, China, Kazakhstan, Nepal, and Mexico.

Pascale has had three collections chosen as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. In 2018 she received a RSL Literature Matters Award.



Photography: Kaido Vainomaa


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