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Welcome to Hooked on Words, the website of writer and workshop leader, Maggie Sawkins.

Maggie holds an MA with distinction in Creative Writing and is a professional member of the National Association of Writers in Education. She won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her live literature production, Zones of Avoidance.

Recent projects include:

  • A Poem to Remember – Poetry Workshop on the theme of triumph over adversity.
  • Survivors’ Poetry – Poetry and Performance Workshops, London
  • Writing Edward King – Short Story Writing Project with Portsmouth Museum and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
  • British-Romanian Week – Translation Masterclasses, Bucharest University
  • Diving into the Wreck –  a live literature production based on the lives of people in recovery from addiction in Portsmouth
  • From Here to There – creative writing workshops at  HMP Erlestoke
  • Finding the Words – poetry workshops with people living with dementia in Basingstoke (Anvil Arts)
  • I Saw My Voice – writing for well-being workshops at Portsmouth Museum
  • Speak Out Poetry Project – workshops for people living with dementia and their carers in Hampshire (Hampshire Cultural Trust)
  • Living Memory Project – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Voices from the Front – workshops and performance to commemorate Gallipoli 1915.

If you would like to discuss your ideas for a reading, talk, workshop or project, please contact Maggie.

Thanks to Jon Everitt for the use of his image from ‘This Island City – Portsmouth in Poetry’ (Spinnaker Press)

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