Painting your Reality: Poetry from Art

13 March 2016

Freud Museum London

Poetry workshop with Pascale Petit

Frida Kahlo painted her reality in images that are magical, harrowing and often surreal. In this workshop we will explore how the visual arts can help us write what is real for us, using art to celebrate our lives and perhaps approach difficult material. Images of modern artworks will be used as stimuli for poems, and we will read inspiring examples by contemporary poets.

Pascale Petit is a poet living in Cornwall. Her sixth collection Fauverie was shortlisted for the 2014 T S Eliot Prize, and poems from it won the 2013 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 collections shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and chosen as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. She is the recipient of a Cholmondeley Award. Bloodaxe will publish her seventh collection Mama Amazonica in 2017.

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