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March 2015 – Book Launch – Square Tower

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

 

Zones of Avoidance

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13th Annual Service User/Carer Conference – Tuesday 4 November – Southampton University

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySq-aEZiz4U

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Oct – Zones of Avoidance – Portsmouth

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

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6 Aug – Omega Centre- Portsmouth

FREE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Wednesday 6 August – 10am – 1pm

Explore the healing potential of the written word in this second taster sessions. Playful exercises based on inspirational texts will be used to help fire your imagination, develop creativity and improve the memory.

For booking or further information: Tel: 02392 291 346

E mail: portsmouth@wea.org.uk

 

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28 July – Omega Centre – Portsmouth

FREE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

10am – 1pm

Explore the healing potential of the written word in this taster session. Playful exercises based on inspirational texts will be used to help kindle the imagination, develop creativity and improve memory.

For booking or further information: Tel: 02392 291 346

E mail: portsmouth@wea.org.uk

Omega Centre, Omega Street, Southsea PO5 4LP.

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June 2014 – Workshop – Portsmouth

UNSENT LETTERS

A workshop facilitated by Maggie Sawkins in partnership with the Good Mental Health Co-op.

The act of transforming thoughts and feelings into the written word is a surprisingly powerful way of assimilating and learning from past experience. This workshop will encourage participants to explore and express difficult thoughts and feelings through the medium of letter writing. Therapeutic letters are not necessarily letters that need to be sent; feelings can be released by tearing up the letter at a later date. Therapeutic writing can help us recuperate and claim lost parts of ourselves and can lead us to a place of understanding. This workshop is for those interested in personal, and professional, development and will provide participants with transferable skills.
Standard cost: £87 per place
EARLY BIRD OFFER – Save £10 if you book before Friday 2 May
All courses start at 9:30am and finish at 4:30pm, and are held at the Oasis Wellness Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Hampshire, PO6 3LY.

For further information visit:   http://goodmentalhealth.org.uk/

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Zones of Avoidance – Photos from first performance

Photograph taken by Elliot Cranston (one of the voices)

Photograph taken by Elliot Cranston (one of the voices)

Photo by Francis Lovering

Photo by Francis Lovering

Facing the audience!

Facing the audience!

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