A new eco-poetry National Poetry Competition writing resource from Pascale Petit

For this year’s National Writing Day, The Poetry Society has asked Pascale Petit to delve into the National Poetry Competition archives, taking two poems from the competition’s history as the starting point for a brand new writing resource on eco-poetry.

Pascale Petit. Photo: Brian Fraser

Whether poets are looking for prompts for group discussion on nature writing, or want a little inspiration for their own National Poetry Competition entry, this free resource has prompts and discussion points for both group discussion and writing points for individual creativitiy.

Pascale Petit’s resource looks at two poems: ‘The Opened Field’ by Dom Bury (from the 2017  National Poetry Competition for which she was a judge), and ‘Bernard and Cerinthe’ by Linda France, the 2013 winner. It joins the National Poetry Competition writing resources created in 2019 by competition alumni Mary Jean Chan and Caleb Parkin, as well as The Poetry Society’s extensive Poetry From Home resources set up in 2020.

Pascale Petit has recently been shortlisted for the 2020 Forward Prizes for Tiger Girl (Bloodaxe, 2020), and a poem from the book won the 2020 Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize. Her previous collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), won the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018, was a Poetry Book Society Choice, and was also shortlisted for the Roehampton Poetry Prize 2018. She published six earlier collections, four of which were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.  

You can view the resource here. We’ve commissioned this resource as part of the 2020 National Poetry Competition, which you can enter online – you’ve got until 31 October to put the finishing touches on your poem.

24 June 2020