All items: Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit recounts how the sudden re-emergence of her long-absent father triggered both a sense that she’d discovered the material for her new book, but also a complete inability to write it.

Penny Hancock explains how a professional setback and a series of personal losses led her to decide to give up writing completely - and how the unusual life story of an elderly relative provided two kinds of inspiration for starting again.

For four years, the poet Pascale Petit watched a black jaguar in a Parisian zoo. He became her heart of Amazonia darkness, her shaman, her father, her obsessional love. Then he was introduced to a potential mate.

Pascale Petit speaks with Julia Copus about the origins and inspirations for her collection The Zoo Father, and about the connections between sculpture and poetry.

The RLF provides an inside look at the diverse and surprising ways in which contemporary writers support themselves beyond their writing lives.