Maggie lives in Southsea where she teaches creative writing in community and healthcare settings. In 2003 she helped to set up Tongues & Grooves, the popular poetry and music club on the seafront. She has read at The Troubadour as one of their new summer voices, as well as at The Poetry Café and other places including the 2006 Torbay Poetry Festival. . In 2013 she was selected to represent Portsmouth on the T S Eliot Prize Anniversary Tour.
Her first poem was published in Hampshire Poets at the age of seventeen, but thinking it was a fluke, she didn’t try again until she was in her thirties. Since then she’s had poems in magazines such as Writing Women, Mslexia, Acumen, and Magma. Her two collections, Charcot’s Pet (Flarestack) and The Zig Zag Woman (Two Ravens Press) received excellent reviews.
In 2013 Maggie won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her live literature production, Zones of Avoidance:
narrative totally absorbed me, and its ambitious multimedia presentation worked
exceptionally well. It is a challenging, painfully open account of a daughter’s
addiction, which captures the fear of many mothers. Beautifully written and
uncompromising, it is a contemporary story I felt the writer was compelled to
Eileen Cooper (Artist and judge for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry).
Her third collection including poems from the production is to be published by Cinnamon Press in Spring 2015.
Review comment on The Zig Zag Woman:
‘I loved The Zig Zag Woman’. Maggie Sawkins has a distinctive and beguiling voice. Her poems are tautly written, full of wonderful and strange images and heart breakingly moving.’
Review comment on Charcot's Pet:
‘ It’s a delight to come across the poems of Maggie Sawkins. The pieces have a strong narrative thread though they leave lots of space for the reader to wonder. …. Charcot’s Pet is a real find …’
Roz Goddard, Raw Edge magazine.
‘… at 39 pages Charcot’s Pet is a short collection, but the overall effect is of a kind of poetic Tardis – much bigger on the inside than the outside – and it will hopefully not be long before this talented writer outgrows the pamphlet form.’
Mark McGuiness, Magma 28.
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