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Sunday 26 October

The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth
4 - 6.00pm - Workshop
7.30 - 10.00pm - Concert
In partnership with Bookfest and Hampshire Festival of the Mind:
Neither Here Nor There – Creative Writing Workshop with Maggie Sawkins. Followed by an evening with Dave Swann (shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2010). Music with Natalie Earwaker and singing duo Wholehearted – Peter Luscombe & John Oke Bartlett
Workshop plus 2 course meal and wine: £20
Showcase: £5 in advance | £6 on the door
Tickets Available from:
Box Office: 023 9281 4875

Thursday 30 October

Zones of Avoidance
The David Russell Theatre, (Portsmouth Grammar School)
High Street, Old Portsmouth PO1 2LN
Hosted by Portsmouth Bookfest & Hampshire Festival of the Mind
Tickets: £10 | £8 (unwaged) | £5 under 18s
Box Office: 02392 814875
Winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.
Written and performed by Maggie Sawkins & directed by Mark C Hewitt.

Sunday 30 November

The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth
Project Adorno.
£6 tickets available on the door.

Gathering Voices

Welcome from Maggie Sawkins,
Co-Founder of Tongues&Grooves

Since 2003, Tongues&Grooves has enabled Portsmouth poets and musicians to collaborate and share a platform. Our poetry and music club features widely published poets, usually with at least one full collection, along with new voices. We welcome approaches from local writers, singers and musicians. Tongues&Grooves also provides creative writing projects in community and healthcare settings.



Zones of Avoidance

Maggie Sawkins wins Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for Zones of Avoidance.
The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry is awarded annually to recognise excellence and innovation in poetry. It is one of the only awards to acknowledge the wide range of work being produced by poets - not just in books, but beyond. This year the prize celebrates its fifth year of doing just that.
Judge Denise Riley said of the winning piece:
'This is an ambitious multimedia presentation using film, voices and sound, which works exceptionally well. It is 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' illuminating descriptons will prove helpful for others to hear.'

Community Projects

Richard Williams, Chair of Tongues&Grooves in the Community

Tongues&Grooves in the Community is a not for profit group using creative writing and performance for motivation, well-being and social inclusion. We work in community and healthcare settings, most recently with ACT2 Recovery Portsmouth, Cranstoun Community Drug Action, Portsmouth Users Self Help Group, Respect Programme Portsmouth and St James’ Hospital, Portsmouth. We rely on public sponsorship and welcome enquiries about our work. More information