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.
In collaboration with BBC Get Creative and the Poetry Society.
Advance tickets available here:
Filed under event, Workshops
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
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
Priory Park Music Festival
6.30pm | £4
Poetry reading accompanied by David Jordan on double bass.
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.
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:
Zones of Avoidance – A reading followed by Q & A
Zones of Avoidance – The Cellars at Eastney
Thursday 24 September 2015
Dimbola Museum and Galleries
Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QE
Maggie Sawkins will be launching her new collection, Zones of Avoidance, based on the live literature production that won last year’s Ted Hughes award, in Portsmouth on Saturday 28 March.
Ted Hughes award judge Denise Riley described Zones of Avoidance, which was directed by Mark C Hewitt, as “a challenging, painfully open account of a daughter’s addiction, yet it’s an account which also offers graceful good humour. Beautifully written and uncompromising, it’s a modern story that we felt the writer was compelled to tell; it acts as a vivid witness of harsh experiences which aren’t often described in poetry, and Maggie Sawkins’s illuminating descriptions will prove helpful for others to hear.”
In an interview with Write Out Loud last year, Maggie
said: “The story is very personal. I’d been gathering draft material on the subject over a period of 20 years. Much of it was in the form of diary entries and some was in the form of unsent letters to my grandson, who’s been estranged from my daughter since the age of three. My motivation was to keep a record for him – when someone close to you is gripped by addiction you’re always expecting the knock on the door. I could have written the story as a memoir and perhaps made a lot of money. However, reading back through the drafts, I realised that the ‘truth’ could be told in relatively few words. I think all of us have the one tale to tell and there are different ways of telling it. Writing in poetry enabled me to tease out the terrible beauty from what, in reality, has been a much darker story.”
The launch of the book, published by Cinnamon Press, is at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth at 7.30pm. Entry is free. More details and Map
Background: ‘The dramatic material provided by living in a battlefield is a gift for any writer’
Music with Bernard MacDonagh and Claire Ward
A Word Dance into the Void of Addiction – Maggie Sawkins
Maggie discusses how writing about her daughter’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.
Lecture Theatre 1027 – Nightingale Building
14.50 – 15.50
ZONES OF AVOIDANCE
Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry
Written and performed by Maggie Sawkins
Directed by Mark C Hewitt with video sequences by Abigail Norris and music by Nick Evans
Thursday 30 October | 7.30pm
David Russell Theatre, Portsmouth Grammar School, High Street, Old Portsmouth
Tickets: £10 | £8 | £5 under sixteen