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October 2013 – Performance – Menuhin Room

Maggie-portrait4ZONES OF AVOIDANCE

A multi-media live literature production written and performed by Maggie Sawkins and directed by Mark C Hewitt.

Join the narrator on her quest to discover the lure of psychoactive substances in an attempt to understand her daughter’s descent in to addiction.

Wednesday 30 October – 2pm

Portsmouth Bookfest event with aftershow Q&A.

Menuhin Room, Portsmouth Central Library, Guildhall Square PO1 2DX.

Tickets £4.00

023 92 688 037

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September 2013 – T S Eliot on Tour – Portsmouth Grammar School




Poetry lovers will be delighted to hear that Portsmouth will host a visit by a prestigious national tour to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Three of the poets who have been shortlisted in recent years will be reading their work. There will then be an opportunity to buy their books and have them signed and dedicated by the authors.

The poets appearing are George Szirtes (2005 winner), Penelope Shuttle and Tim Liardet (both 2006 shortlisted) they will be joined by local poet Maggie Sawkins a founder member of Tongues and Grooves, Portsmouth’s popular poetry and music club. The event is part of a national tour organised by The Poetry Book Society to celebrate 20 years of the prize.

The event is being jointly staged by Portsmouth BookFest and The Portsmouth Festivities and will be held on Tuesday September 17th at The David Russell Theatre in The Portsmouth Grammar School. The pre event drinks reception starts at 7pm and the first reading starts at 7.30pm. Copies of the participating poets work will be on sale for signing during the evening.

Tickets are on sale now from The Hayling Island Bookshop on 02392 466620.

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August – Workshops – Gosport

Wednesdays 21 and 28 August

Give, Gain and Grow, RNA Club, Fareham Road, Gosport

2 creative writing workshops to generate poems for an exhibition on Phobias.

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June 2013 – Poetry Promenade – Southsea

Poetry Reading with Bernard MacDonagh for Portsmouth Festivities

Tuesday 25 June   7 – 9.30pm

The Southsea Games and Model Shop, Albert Road.



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April 2013 – Poetry Lido – The Kings Theatre, Southsea


The Irving Room, The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea

Poetry Lido Summer Term begins on Saturday 13 April and continues for the following Saturdays: 20 April; 11 & 25 May; 8 June

2.00 – 4.30pm

£50 for 5 sessions

£12.50 for individual sessions

£10 for one taster session.

12 places only.

Contact me for details/to reserve a place.

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September 2012 – Rhythm & Muse – Kingston


I’ll be reading at the launch of the Lyrical Beats Anthology which celebrates five years of

Rhythm & Muse.

The Ram Jam Club at The Grey Horse, Richmond Road, Kingston



For full line up go to:

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October 2012 – An Evening of Poetry and Music – The Spring Arts Centre

An evening of Poetry and Music with The Spring Poets. Published poets of the South, Andrew Bailey, Denise Bennett, Robyn Bolam, Stephen Boyce, John Haynes, Robert Hull, Ruth Marden,  Maggie Sawkins  and Chris Sparkes will be joined by musicians Nick Molyneux (guitar) and Barney MacDonagh (button accordion) for an evening of diverse lyrical entertainment.

£5/includes a pamphlet selection of the poets’ work.

Tickets available from The Spring Box Office: 023 9247 2700 or online at

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