Pascale Petit was born in Paris and grew up in France and Wales. In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected her as one of the Next Generation Poets. She has published five full-length poetry collections; her latest, What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo is shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and is a Book of the Year in The Observer. Two previous collections, The Zoo Father (Seren, 2001) and The Huntress (Seren, 2005), were also shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and were Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement. The Zoo Father was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and a poem from the book was shortlisted for a Forward Prize. A Spanish/English bilingual edition is published in Mexico. Pascale Petit trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art and spent the first part of her life as an artist, before deciding to concentrate on poetry. She teaches poetry writing courses at Tate Modern.
Pascale Petit reads from What the Water Gave Me:
Pascale Petit reads her poem 'Chandelier-Tree' from The Treekeeper's Tale:
More poetry read by Pascale Petit, from Seren Books: