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Mario Petrucci  

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type of work


  • Mario's work spans an impressive range of subject and style, from serious and formal verse to up-beat performance and experimental poetry. He has considerable experience working with audiences of all types and sizes: he has performed with Murray Lachlan-Young on BBC TV for National Poetry Day, on stage with Spike Milligan and with Stephen Warbeck on BBC TV's "Classic Challenge" programme. Mario is a popular and eclectic performer, with past readings at the Voice Box, Poetry Society and festivals/venues across the country.


The areas in which Mario can offer particular expertise include:

  • Performance: Readings & Training

  • Biculturalism 

  • Schools and Colleges 

  • Workshops and Creative Writing

  • Publication & Small Presses 

  • Science & Technology in Poetry 

  • War Poetry 

  • Experimental Poetry (ShadoWork) 

  • Environmental Issues 

  • Discussions and Seminars 

  • Contemporary Writing & 'Poeclectics' 

  • Site-specific & Public Poetry 

  • Haiku & Japanese Forms

(see an extended description of Mario's "Type of Work" in Teaching and Residencies)


Shrapnel and Sheets (Headland, 1996 - reprinted 2000)

Lepidoptera (KT Press, 1999/2001 - 2 editions)

Bosco (Hearing Eye, 1999/2001 - 2 editions)

The Stamina of Sheep (Havering Arts Office, 2001/2002)

Flowers of Sulphur (Enitharmon, 2004) - forthcoming.

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what the press says

"Far-seeing, generous, intelligent, full of humanity." Maura Dooley.

"Twin engines drive Mario Petrucci's poetry: one engine is a personal and cultural knowledge of the sweep of European history; the other is a scientific understanding few poets have. Between them, these engines take Mario's poetry to dazzling heights."
Ian McMillan.

"It is a great pleasure to find a poet who has spent most of his time over many years working to help and promote other poets... finally appearing himself with a fine first full collection [Shrapnel and Sheets], carrying a well deserved PBS Recommendation. He is one of several poets including Peter Redgrove, Kathleen Raine and recently Alice Oswald whose scientific training provides an added dimension for poetry... A brilliantly varied book by a true European, whose sympathetic understanding extends to every human condition. Everyone should read it."
Anne Born, PQR 5.

"Clear intellect and strong unmistakable voice... Both a lament on our disappearing forests and an existential comment on 20th century urbanisation, this sequence epitomises Petrucci's passionate and compassionate 'take' on contemporary issues... I read this twice at one sitting."  Roselle Angwin, Orbis 115 [a review of Bosco].

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