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Made it in Portsmouth

Very proud to be included in this campaign to inspire the young people of Portsmouth.

http://www.saferportsmouth.org.uk/young-people-portsmouth/made-it-in-portsmouth

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January 2016 – Reading – Winchester

Monday 11 January 2016

A Reading from Zones of Avoidance

LOOSE MUSE

Winchester Discovery Centre

Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

£5 on the door

Open Mic

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September 2015 – Reading – Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Zones of Avoidance – A reading followed by Q & A

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Zones of Avoidance – The Cellars at Eastney

Thursday 24 September 2015

5.30pm

Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Freshwater, Isle of Wight, PO40 9QE

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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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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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