South West Writers

Maggie Sawkins



About the Author

Maggie Sawkins has an MA with distinction in Creative Writing and lives and works in Southsea. She is a founder member and event’s organiser of Tongues & Grooves, Portsmouth’s poetry and music club, established in 2003.

Maggie has provided creative writing workshops for many organisations including The Poetry School, Portsmouth Users’ Self Help Group, St James’ Hospital, MIND, Portsmouth Royal Naval Museum, and poetry and performance workshops at The New Theatre Royal and the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth.

She has also delivered community projects such as The Lost Hour at the D-Day Museum, Poetry for Emotional Well being at Portsmouth City Girls School, Poetry Challenge at Leigh Park Learning Centre, Hooked on Words at Cranstoun Community Drug Action.

Recent Publications

Charcot's Pet , Flarestack Press , 2003
The Zig Zag Woman , Two Ravens Press , 2007
Zones of Avoidance , Cinnamon Press , 2015

Current Events/Projects

Tongues & Grooves Poetry and Music club in Portsmouth
Voices from The Kings Creative writing project for Kings Theatre, Southsea
Ferry Tales Creative Writing Workshops (Arts Council Funded)
Finding the Words Poetry workshops for people living with dementia (Anvil Arts, Basingstoke)
Poetry Editor at Star and Crescent Portsmouth's independent news and culture website.

Awards and Residencies

The Ted Hughes Award , 2013 , New Work in Poetry 2013

Available For


Contact Details

ZoA poetry productions