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My interview with Greg Freeman from Write Out Loud

‘Earlier this year Maggie Sawkins won the Ted Hughes award for innovation, with Zones of Avoidance, a poetic account of a daughter’s addiction that is also an ambitious multimedia presentation using film, voices and sound. Sawkins, a teacher and the organiser of the long-running Tongues&Grooves poetry and music night in Portsmouth, talks to Greg Freeman about teasing out the story’s “terrible beauty”; the “affirming” feedback she has received after each performance; and the difficulty she has had in persuading some theatres and festivals to include Zones of Avoidance in their programmes.’

Click here for the full interview:
http://writeoutloud.net/public/blogentry.php?blogentryid=45649

 

 

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December 5, 2014 · 7:05 pm

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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September 2014 – Hampshire Poets Now – Winchester Poetry Festival

FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2014

5.00pm – 6.30pm

Hampshire Poets Now: Hampshire continues to be a county with a vibrant literary presence. The poets who are reading this evening represent a range of voices that have put, and keep, Hampshire on the poetry map, and that bode well for its future as a lively centre for the art. Come along and listen to some of the different kinds of poetry that make up the contemporary poetry scene in this county with John Haynes, Robyn Bolam, Maggie Sawkins, Stephen Boyce and Julian Stannard. curated by Hampshire Poet 2014 Joan McGavin.

Tickets £7.00

Winchester Discovery Centre

Performance Hall

www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org

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Zones of Avoidance

Zones of Avoidance now has its own website:

www.zonesofavoidance.wordpress.com

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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  www.portsmouthbookfest.co.uk

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