Zones of Avoidance was winner in 2013 of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.
Denise Riley, speaking on behalf of the judges, commented:
“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.”
The work explores a mother’s quest to understand her daughter’s descent into addiction. As well as telling the heart rending story of ‘sunny girl’ and the consequences of her dual diagnosis, the work is a meditation on the perennial nature of addiction. Fusing the real life testimonies of addicts in recovery with vivid language and evocative film, Zones give a powerfully moving account of a family visited by serious addiction and how a mother had to learn the meaning of ‘tough love’.
Zones of Avoidance is available for performance at venues, festivals and conferences.
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“I’ve never been so effected by a poetry performance as I was during this one. It was so beautifully haunting, honest and devastating – I hung on every word, image and sound, fighting back the tears.”
“… superbly crafted and immensely moving …”
“One of the most moving, thought provoking things I’ve seen”
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