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Zones of Avoidance wins The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

Live Literature (directing)
Zones of Avoidance
by Maggie Sawkins

Maggie Sawkins. Video image © Abigail Norris, 2013

Zones of Avoidance -
written and performed by poet Maggie Sawkins and directed by Mark C. Hewitt, with video sequences by Abigail Norris - was announced as winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry at an awards ceremony held on 28 March at the Savile Club in London.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Denise Riley said: “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 descriptions will prove helpful for others to hear”

Maggie Sawkins with the three judges and the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

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Next performance

Ledbury Poetry Festival
Sunday 13 July, 7.45pm
(time tbc)
Market Theatre
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Theatre writing/making
Civilization (and its discontents)
Blank Productions

Research & Development work continues on an emerging theatre production: working title ‘Civilization (and its discontents)’. The work will feature text by Mark C. Hewitt and music by
Thomas Strønen.

Sketch © Lindsey McGown / Performance photo © Lesley Brewin / Photo below © Magali Nougarède