The 2018 RSL Ondaatje Prize Shortlist includes Poetry Society Member Pascale Petit for her collection Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books).
Pascale is also on the 2018 Keats-Shelley poetry prize shortlist and was a judge for this year’s National Poetry Competition. Her sixth collection Fauverie was 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. She has had four books shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and selected as Books of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent and The Observer. She tutors courses at Tate Modern and for the Poetry School.
The annual award of £10,000 for a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry, evoking the spirit of a place. The full shortlist is:
Kushanava Choudhury The Epic City (Bloomsbury Circus)
Xiaolu Guo Once Upon a Time in the East (Chatto & Windus)
Lucy Hughes-Hallett Peculiar Ground (4th Estate)
Kapka Kassabova Border (Granta)
Fiona Mozley Elmet (JM Originals)
Pascale Petit Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe Books)
This year’s judges are Tahmima Anam, Eva Hoffman and Daljit Nagra.
18 April 2019