Wales Book of the Year 2011 Ceremony


Wales Book of the Year 2011 Ceremony tickets arrived in the post this morning. The ceremony is to be held in Cineworld, Cardiff next Thursday (7th July) beginning at 7.30pm. Literature Wales have announced that tickets sold out in a record time.

Seren poet Pascale Petit’s latest collection is one of three books shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year 2011. What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, contains fifty-two poems in the voice of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Some of the poems are close interpretations of Kahlo’s work, while others are parallels or version homages where Petit draws on her experience as a visual artist to create alternative ‘paintings’ with words. More than just a verse biography, this collection explores how Kahlo transformed trauma into art after the artist’s near-fatal bus accident.

This wonderful collection by Pascale Petit was shortlisted for the T S Eliot prize 2010, and has captured many reviews nationally.

“Pascale’s poems are as fresh as paint, and make you look all over again at Frida and her brilliant and tragic life”— Jackie Kay,  The Observer

“Petit’s collection, exploring the way trauma hurts an artist into creation, celebrates the rebarbative energy with which Kahlo redeemed pain and transformed it into paint”— The Guardian

“Taking Kahlo’s canvases as a spur to imagistic and abstract imagination, Petit establishes a frightening power that presses through the voice of her speaker” — Poetry Review

“No other British poet I am aware of can match the powerful mythic imagination of Pascale Petit.” — Les Murray, Times Literary Supplement

What the Water Gave Me is now also published in America by Black Lawrence Press. Pascale is fresh back from her American tour which was very successful. Fingers crossed for the wonderful and fantastic poet Pascale Petit. We all here at Seren wish her the best of luck.

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