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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

I’ll be reading ‘The Emptiness’ from Issue 4 of Butcher’s Dog, plus a few other poems.

Date: Wednesday 10 December
Time: 7pm-9pm
Venue: Travelling Through, 131 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AE
Tickets: £6 (includes a copy of our gorgeous magazine) and available online



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December 5, 2014 · 6:56 pm