Category: Poetic Voices

Pascale Petit awarded the 2018 RSL Ondaatje Prize for "Mama Amazonica"


Pascale Petit has been awarded the 2018 RSL Ondaatje Prize for Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books). This is the first time poetry has won the Prize. Please read the RSL Ondaatje – Winner Press Release 2018 for more information.
Pascale Petit responds:
“I’m absolutely thrilled to win this particular prize for a book evoking the spirit of a place. I’ve been obsessed with the Amazon rainforest for 25 years, and I poured that obsession into Mama Amazonica. The Amazon has become my mother, in all her abused glory, and through that eco-system I am able to love an estranged and mentally ill parent. I’ve travelled to the Amazon four times, and recently stayed in a research centre deep in the Peruvian pristine jungle, and have observed at close hand how scientists are recording species as they vanish. It was there I saw a jaguar in his home!”
Read Pascale Petit‘s interview in Interlitq.
UK poet, Pascale Petit‘s Wikipedia entry.
UK poet Pascale Petit‘s website.
Read Pascale Petit‘s contribution to Interlitq‘s Poetic Voices.
Read Pascale Petit‘s contribution to Issue 6 of Interlitq.

Fiona Sampson would "love to have met" Mary Shelley

Fiona Sampson: credit Ekaterina Voskresenskaya

Fiona Sampson interviewed by Interlitq: read the entire interview:
 
Interlitq: Could you tell us more about your forthcoming biography In Search of Mary Shelley : the girl who wrote Frankenstein to be published by Profile in 2018. How did this artistic endeavour come about?
Fiona Sampson: My psychological biography of Mary Shelley was also a commission, and arose from having done that poetry edition. I was absolutely delighted to stretch myself and find these new ways to write and close read the evidence of a life… and I admire Mary hugely as a result. I think she’s a very sympathetic character but also that she’s a real person, someone nuanced and inconsistent as we all are. I’d love to have met her… Profile are publishing the book on January 18th 2018; Frankenstein was published 200 years ago on January 1st 1818.
Fiona Sampson‘s Wikipedia entry.
Fiona Sampson‘s website.
Fiona Sampson‘s contribution to Interlitq‘s Poetic Voices.
Fiona Sampson‘s contribution to Interlitq‘s English Writers 1.
Fiona Sampson‘s contribution to Issue 8 of Interlitq.
Fiona Sampson‘s In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein.
Rachell Hewitt reviews in The Guardian Fiona Sampson‘s In Search of Mary Shelley.
Mary Shelley‘s Wikipedia entry.
 

Pascale Petit is "much happier in the deep country…, surrounded by birds and lush greenery"

Pascale Petit. Photo credit: Derek Adams

Pascale Petit interviewed by Interlitq: read the entire interview.
Interlitq: Now that you are based in Cornwall, do you miss Walthamstow?
Pascale Petit: No I don’t. I had been trying to get away from London for years, and am much happier in the deep country here, surrounded by birds and lush greenery, and our own wild river 100 yards downhill from our house, the Lynher, which roars down from Bodmin Moor.
UK poet, Pascale Petit‘s Wikipedia entry.
UK poet Pascale Petit‘s website.
Read Pascale Petit‘s contribution to Interlitq‘s Poetic Voices.
Read Pascale Petit‘s contribution to Issue 6 of Interlitq.