Seren poet and winner of the 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize, Pascale Petit, will be Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, North Wales this month; the residency includes full bed and board for and an honorarium of £100 per week, as well as the chance to write in the only residential library in the UK. To enter, writers had to submit a copy of their latest book alongside a description of the writing they plan to do at the library in the residential programme’s fourth year.
Petit’s latest collection, Fauverie, has been shortlisted for the 2014 T S Eliot Prize. Like The Zoo Father, Petit’s acclaimed second collection, Fauverie has childhood trauma and a dying father at its heart, while Paris takes centre stage – a city savage as the Amazon, haunted by Aramis the black jaguar and a menagerie of wild animals. Transforming childhood horrors to ultimately mourn a lost parent, Fauverie redeems the darker forces of human nature while celebrating the ferocity and grace of endangered species.
She was selected by an impressive panel of judges, consisting of writers such as Sarah Waters (The Paying Guests) and Vanessa Gebbie (The Coward’s Tale), to take part in the library’s increasingly competitive scheme. Each Writer in Residence is hosting an ‘Evening With’ event as well as a writing workshop, and will also be blogging about their stay at the library.
Petit’s ‘Evening With’ event will be held on 7th April at 7:30pm, where she will be reading from Fauverie accompanied by images of Paris, where she was born. At 10am on 25th April she will be leading her second event, ‘The Wild Life of Poems’, a workshop centered around the idea of where poems come from and how to find inspiration in the most unexpected places with the aid of images, texts, and various other exercises which have been designed to ‘lure the unexpected’. Book your tickets here.
Other Writers in Residence include Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Salley Vickers (The Cleaner of Chartres), and Wendy Cope (Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis).