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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.’

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December 5, 2014 · 7:05 pm

Oct – Zones of Avoidance – Portsmouth


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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October 2012 – 20×12 Local Writers – Southsea Library

20×12 is a showcase for new writing and new writers from Portsmouth.

I will be appearing at Southsea Library on Friday 26 October  from 12.20 to 12.32 precisely!

Free event.

Visit portsmouthwriters.tumblr.com for individual author dates, biographies and work.


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September 2012 – Poetry Lido – The Art Stop Cafe

The new term of Poetry Lido will take place on Saturdays at The Art Stop Cafe, Bransbury Park, Eastney.

Dates: 29 September, 13 & 20 October, 10 & 24 November.

There will be an opportunity for participants to read at a Poetry and Music Evening on Friday 7 December.

3.00 – 5.30pm

5 sessions – £50 payable in advance

Cheques payable to: Tongues&Grooves in the Community, c/o 28 Chelsea Road, Southsea, Hants PO5 1NJ

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August 2012 – Poetry Lido Summer School – Eastney Community Centre

These two themed workshops are for beginner and intermediate writers. It costs £12 per session or £20 for two.

The workshops will be help on the 4th and the 11th August 2012 from 2.30 – 5.30pm in the Art Stop Café, Eastney Community Centre, Bransbury Park, Eastney, Portsmouth.


This workshop is held in partnership with Tongues & Grooves in the Community.




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May 2011 – Poetry and Space workshop – The Art Stop Café

The Poetry and Space workshop and reading will be held at the Art Stop Café, Eastney Community Centre, Portsmouth.








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March 2011 – Poems Lost and Found – The D-Day Museum, Portsmouth

The Lost Hour is a  workshop and performance event. It will be held at the D Day Museum, Portsmouth.


In partnership with Tongues & Grooves in the Community and Portsmouth City Council.




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