Borrowed Time: Pascale Petit


A Borrowed Time conversation with poet Pascale Petit and Mat Osmond

Friday October 30, 2020 13.00 – 14.00 GMT

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Borrowed Time: in conversation with Pascale Petit

Friday, October 30, 13.00 – 14.00 GMT

The first in our series of conversations for Borrowed Time. Poet Pascale Petit is in conversation with Borrowed Time Convenor Mat Osmond.


The conversation will be between 30 and 40 minutes after which audience members are able to ask questions or add comments. This is an online event. Joining details will be emailed to you after you have registered.


Pascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in Cornwall. She is of French/Welsh/Indian heritage. Her eighth collection, Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe Books, 2020), celebrates her Indian grandmother’s life, and is an urgent prayer to save the tiger forests and their endangered creatures, a search for hope despite poaching and extinctions. As Daljit Nagra, reviewing it on Front Row, has said, it pitches “a family in crisis against a planet in crisis”. It was shortlisted for the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Collection, and a poem from the book won the 2020 Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize. Her previous collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), won the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018, was a Poetry Book Society Choice, and was shortlisted for the Inaugural Laurel Prize 2020. She published six earlier collections, four of which were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Serbian and French. Trained as a sculptor at the Royal College of Art, Pascale spent the first part of her life as a visual artist.