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A Poem to Remember

I’m running a free Poetry Workshop at Portsmouth Central Library on Saturday 24 March 10.30 – 1.30 pm.

A Poem to Remember is a national initiative launched by Prince William, encouraging people to write poems of hope over adversity to mark the end of the First World War.

Advance tickets available here:




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The Worry of Words

Saturday 24 June

1.20 – 1.50pm

Fluid Motion Theatre Company

The Orchard, White Hart Lane, Basingstoke RG21 4AF

All in the Mind Festival

Maggie discusses how writing about a family member’s dual diagnosis enabled her to reach a place of compassion and acceptance. Her live literature production, Zones of Avoidance, which won The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, is described as ‘beautifully written and uncompromising.’ Through poetry, letters and monologues, Maggie manages to juggle the imperative of honesty – how to tell an important story truthfully – and ‘avoidance’ – how bitter truths may be made bearable. The talk will be illustrated by short poem films from the production.

All in the Mind Festival

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Jan 2017 – Event – Fareham

Friday 13 January

1pm arrival, 2pm Performance

Tickets: FREE includes tea/coffee on arrival

Ashcroft Arts Centre, Hampshire Cultural Trust and Healthwatch Hampshire present this extraordinary project based on the voice and stories of people with dementia and their carers. Over the last few months, workshops have been taking place within three day centres run by Age Concern Hampshire, giving people the chance to speak about their experience of local health care services. I worked with them to transform these stories into poetry and at this event will be reading from a new poetry anthology created during the project.

Featured Article: The Portsmouth News, 6 January 2017


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July 2016 – Performance – Chichester

Priory Park Music Festival

Guildhall Stage

6.30pm | £4

Poetry reading accompanied by David Jordan on double bass.

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July 2016 – Reading – Steep

Friday 22 July

South Downs Poetry Festival

Steep Village Hall

7pm | £12

Poetry Reading with Andrew McMillan, Hugh Dunkerley, Matthew Caley, Paul Deaton.

Music Mike Knee.


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Hampshire Festival of the Mind

Saturday 7 May 2016, Portsmouth Cathedral, Old Portsmouth


A presentation in which I’ll be discussing how writing can help to foster empathy and compassion. Illustrated with poem films from the award-winning live literature production, Zones of Avoidance.

Details of the day’s events can be found here:


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September 2015 – Reading – Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Zones of Avoidance – A reading followed by Q & A

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Zones of Avoidance – The Cellars at Eastney

Thursday 24 September 2015


Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QE

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