Day School: Animal Helpers with Pascale Petit

Pascale_Petit_credit Kaido Vainomaa

St. Hilda’s College, Oxford

Saturday 28th February 2015
Tutor: Pascale Petit





Animal Helpers

The indigenous tribes of the Amazonian rainforest enlist the aid of animal helpers to be initiated into their multi-layered worlds. These worlds are both magical and dangerous. Writing about creatures, or ourselves through the metaphor of animal masks, can help us go deeper in our poems, saying the unsayable. In this workshop we will go wild with our imaginations, guided by plenty of animal facts, myths and poems.

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Pascale Petit’s sixth collection Fauverie is shortlisted for the 2014 T S Eliot Prize; five poems from the book won the Manchester Poetry Prize.

Her fifth collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo was shortlisted for both the T S Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was a Book of the Year in the Observer.

Pascale has had four books shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and three selected as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer.

She tutors popular courses at Tate Modern and for The Poetry School.

Visit Pascale’s website and blog and

How to get there:

St. Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY. There is limited parking. The station is a short bus or taxi ride from the college. For the more energetic it can be reached on foot in approximately 25 minutes.

Timings and arrangements:

Arrive at the Lady Brodie Room, St. Hilda’s College from 10.00am onwards. The Day School starts promptly at 10.30am and finishes at 4.30pm. Please bring a packed lunch.

To book:

Please email Jenny Lewis at The Poets House, Oxford on to book a place. Cancellations up to seven days before the event will be fully refunded. Up to 24 hours before the event will be half refunded.