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Forward Meet The Poet with Pascale Petit

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Forward Meet the Poet : a chance to quiz the poets on the Forward Prizes 2020 shortlists. With Pascale Petit, reading from Tiger Girl

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The Forward Prizes for Poetry invite you to enjoy readings from the shortlisted books in the last of its Forward Meet the Poet series,

Registered attendees can submit questions in advance and each session will be moderated by a Forward Prizes judge, in this case Kim Moore.

These 45 minute sessions are inspired by Jeremy Paxman, who judged the Forwards in 2014 and called half-jokingly for a “Poetry Inquisition” so the public could "ask poets to explain why they chose to write about the particular subject they wrote about, and why they chose the particular form and language, idiom, the rest of it".

He's now got his way and those who are prevented by circumstances from attending live poetry events this summer will have the chance to join - and shape - the conversation.

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Pascale Petit (b. 1953, Paris) was converted to poetry aged 16, when her teacher recited Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. Her subsequent years as a sculptor and artist allowed her to develop connections between poetry and the visual and tactile, but her aim remained the same: like Keats, ‘to create a forest the reader could walk into and see and hear even in the dark’.

Tiger Girl is a departure for Petit; her imaginative landscapes have shifted from the Amazon rainforest which characterised earlier collections including Fauverie and Mama Amazonica to the forests of Ranthambhore in Rajasthan, near her grandmother’s birthplace, beautiful and full of life but threatened by poaching, deforestation and climate change.

She draws attention to ‘how our endangered wild is endangering all life on the planet including ourselves’, while leaving room for a sense of awe and astonishment: ‘how can we destroy such wonders?’

Kim Moore won the 2016 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for her first collection The Art of Falling (Seren, 2015). She won a Northern Writers Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2010.

Her pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. She is a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University and is working on her second collection. Along with Clare Shaw, she is Co-Director of Kendal Poetry Festival.

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