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Wednesday 11 March

The Rifle Club
Goldsmith Avenue, Portsmouth
8pm – 11pm
BARD LABOUR – an evening of socialist poetry and music. Featuring Greg Freeman, Maggie Sawkins and the Polite Mechanicals.
Tickets available on the door £6 | £5
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Saturday 14 March

The National Museum of the Royal Navy
Free Introductory Workshop
'Voices from the Front' – Creative Writing and Music Project inspired by the stories of HMS M33 to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign.
Limited spaces available. To book please e-mail Katrina at or telephone 023 92 734180.
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Saturday 28 March 2015

The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth
Bar/Cafe - 7.30
BOOK LAUNCH - Maggie Sawkins will be launching her new poetry collection based on her award-winning live literature production, Zones of Avoidance. With film, live music and discussion. Entrance is free and books will be available to buy at the event.

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