On Friday 28 March, at the Savile Club in London, it was announced that Maggie Sawkins has won The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for Zones of Avoidance. 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.”
Zones of Avoidance can be seen on Sunday 13 July at Ledbury Poetry Festival.
Details to follow.