Mario originally graduated in Physics at
Cambridge and later taught science in a secondary school. He gained a PhD
in opto-electronics at University College London, and more recently
completed postgraduate studies in the Environment and Literature
departments of Middlesex University. He has also been an organic farm-hand
in Ireland and a one-man band on the Paris Metro.
Mario is now a freelance writer,
educator, researcher and essayist. He is successful as an Arvon tutor,
literacy consultant at the Imperial War Museum, Fellow of the Royal
Literary Fund, a performance and voice trainer, teacher and
creative-writing tutor, and a signed songwriter/lyricist.
Mario is recognised across the country
for his innovative approaches to residencies and the teaching of creative
writing. He is adept at working with adults as well as in
schools/colleges, and possesses an unrivalled reputation for his
remarkably diverse and original work in poetry. He is also actively
engaged in political and environmental writing. He dreams and sleeps in
Shrapnel and Sheets
(Headland, 1996 - reprinted 2000)
Debut collection, selected
by Liz Lochhead and John Fuller as a Poetry Book Society
Twice excerpted for the Forward Anthology. Launched in the "New
Voices" series at the Royal Festival Hall. Featured on BBC radio and
reviewed strongly across the literary press (see 'What The Press Says').
Available: £6.95, Headland
Publications, 38 York Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral, Merseyside, CH48 3JF.
Lepidoptera (KT Press,
1999/2001 - 2 editions)
Experimental short stories
"Lepidoptera is so fine
and fascinating from so many points of view. I have never come across such
an artful, knowledgeable and utterly engaging splicing of the worlds of
Art and Science."
Prof. Rob Pope, Oxford
"It is unusual to find
a writer so sure-footed across this multiple terrain."
Limited Edition. Available:
£4.95 (+ £1 p&p) via http://mariopetrucci.port5.com
Bosco (Hearing Eye,
1999/2001 - 2 editions)
An ecological tour de force.
Part of the Torriano list which has published poets such as John
Heath-Stubbs. "The personified voice of the wilderness. Courageous,
Available: £5.95, Hearing
Eye, Box 1, 99 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RX.
The Stamina of Sheep
Arts Office, 2001/2002)
Commissioned by London Arts.
Poems and illustrations, inspired by Essex & the London Borough of
Havering's local history and geology. Raises key issues on site-specific
work for all potential resident writers. A unique and rewarding read for
anyone interested in poetry residencies.
The accompanying Study Pack
(see below) is a windfall of creative writing ideas for teachers, pupils,
creative writing tutors and resident poets.
"This work should be
the study of all Writers in Residence to see the level of excellence that
can be achieved." Writing in Education, Autumn 2002.
Available: £5.95 (+ £1
p&p) via http://mariopetrucci.port5.com
The Havering Poetry
The accompanying schools
Study Pack for the 'Stamina of Sheep' project (see above). Crammed with
ideas and writing exercises for schools and creative writers generally.
educational project. Unique." Head of English, Latymer School.
"Brimming with good
ideas... it is not difficult to adapt the suggestions and activities
presented to a more general use." Martyn Crucefix, poet and
Available: £2.95 (+ £1
p&p) via http://mariopetrucci.port5.com
Flowers of Sulphur
2004) - forthcoming.
"A fine synthesis of
deeply felt personal experience and the wonders and exactitudes of
science. Impressive in its strength, energy and tenderness." Moniza
Available: via Enitharmon
Press - 2004 onwards.
Over 500 poems, essays and
critical articles in journals and magazines including The Spectator, The
Independent, Ambit, Agenda, Leviathan Quarterly, Poetry Wales, The
Rialto, Prospice, Iron, Bete Noire, The New Welsh Review, Poetry London
Newsletter, Smith's Knoll, Poetry Nottingham, Poetry & Audience,
Critical Quarterly and Blade.
Frequent contributor to: NAWE
Writing in Education, Resurgence, Orbis,
Envoi, Acumen, Magma, The
Frogmore Papers, Tabla, etc.
Periodicals, Editing (a selection)
Featured in the The Arts
Council of England: 2002 Writers' Awards Anthology.
Featured in: The Forward
Guest Editorial, The
The Gift - New Writing
for the NHS (David Morley, Stride).
'The English Studies Book'
(2nd edition; Rob Pope, Routledge, 2002).
'The Poet's View' (Gladys
Mary Coles, Headland).
'Writers in Schools -
Millennium Anthology' (Thurrock Council).
'An Idea of Bosnia' (Autumn
'War, Literature & the
Arts' (2002, An International Journal of the Humanities).
Public Art Journal -
'Anaesthesia or Synaesthesia?' (October, 1999).
'The FIAF Nitrate Book'
(Imperial War Museum Publications, due 2002).
'Lost London - 2000 Years of
London' (The Poetry Society & The Museum of London).
'The Bound Spiral' - 10
Various articles and papers
on Philosophy, Science and the Environment.
|"Far-seeing, generous, intelligent,
full of humanity."
|| Maura Dooley.
|"International and ambitious."
|"Honesty, imagination and
|"Unfrivolous, clear-eyed and
|"One of the few contemporary poets
exploring explicitly Italian themes and experiences in the mainstream of
Il Punto 65.
|"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
|"Great first collection... It's true
to say that the work of some poets can show a kind of workshop fatigue:
Mario Petrucci's poems have been liberated by being worked on. The
language and form sparkles and glitters."
|| Jane Holland, Blade
|"Deliciously funny, wholly
sympathetic... characteristic in its laconic, telling detail."
|"Mario Petrucci has you in his
power... Whether he is showing you an autopsy, discussing chickens, or
talking about his family, it is all instantly believable, it all rings
true. It is this ability to take you into any situation and make it real
that is the hallmark of real talent. Yes, indeed, it does leave us
|"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
|| Anne Born,
|"Petrucci is a marvellous writer. He
makes you see what he sees... Honed, precise, intense."
|"In the trees and forests of this
powerful sequence of poems, there is more than aesthetic pleasure. There
is a celebration of life itself. This is poetry with a purpose, in
language that is a joy to read."
||David Duncombe, Poetry Nottingham.
|"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.
|"Muscular beauty... This poetry is
of a high order."
||Stella Stocker, Weyfarers 85.