We first heard Pascale Petit at Manchester Art Gallery during Manchester Literature Festival, when she read from her collection of poetry, What The Water Gave Me, responding to the artwork of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Apt then, that this time she’s in town, the four times TS Eliot Prize shortlistee is reading in The Whitworth’s South Gallery, and poems about Kahlo’s famous menagerie of deer, parrots, monkeys and cats will be replaced by verse about Amazonian animals, featured in most recent collection, Manchester Poetry Prize-winner Fauverie, and, boxfresh new on Bloodaxe, Mama Amazonica.
Support comes from Daniel Sluman, one of Huffington Post’s Top 5 British poets to watch in 2015. His second collection the terrible was published by Nine Arches Press last year. This long-running event also has a musical interlude, this afternoon featuring violin pieces from Chets student Coco Inman. Regulars, notice the change to start time and get there early to secure a seat.