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Poetry for the Community: An Interview with Maggie Sawkins

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November 12, 2018 · 4:10 pm

Poetry for the Community: An Interview with Maggie Sawkins

Thank you to Lauren Jones and The Eldon Review for this interview.

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Maggie Sawkins won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her live literature performance Zones of Avoidance. She lives in Portsmouth, where she delivers creative writing projects in community and healthcare settings. Lauren Jones recently caught up with her.

Maggie will be well known to many readers, having established the Tongues and Grooves local spoken word event in 2003. Since that time performance poetry has blossomed as an art form across the UK, and its current popularity in Portsmouth is evident from recent events. ‘The Blood Jet of Poetry last month,’ Maggie told me, ‘was packed out.’ As part of the South Downs Poetry Festival, it featured a dozen published poets.

Maggie’s new poetry collections, Many Skies Have Fallen, is deeply personal. In the introduction to the book she calls it ‘a response to the tragic death of my daughter’s partner, Janusz Jasicki, who…

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Zones of Avoidance at HMP Downview

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September 3, 2018 · 4:51 pm

Zones of Avoidance at HMP Downview

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August 23, 2018 · 4:56 pm

Zones of Avoidance in Lewes, East Sussex

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June 14, 2018 · 10:27 am

Zones of Avoidance in Lewes, East Sussex

Zones of Avoidance

NEXT PERFORMANCE

The next performance of Zones of Avoidance, hosted by Lewes Live Literature at All Saints Centre, Lewes. Full details here.

Following the two recent drug related deaths at a music festival in Portsmouth, we are convening a special aftershow Q&A at this event. Panel includes Norman Baker (former Lewes MP who has spoken in favour of reforming drug policy), Professor Aldo Badiani (Director, Sussex Addiction Research & Intervention Centre), Dr Richard Whale (Principal Lecturer at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and a senior Psychiatrist at Sussex Partnership), Rose Humphries (activist with Anyone’s Child charity, an international network of families campaigning for safer drug control), writer Maggie Sawkins and addicts in recovery who have been involved with the production.

Date/time: Tuesday 17 May, 7.45pm
Venue: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2LE
Tickets: £10.00 advance / £12 door
Box Office: tickets available online from LLL…

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Zones of Avoidance on the Isle of Wight

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