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The Write Out Loud interview: Ted Hughes award winner Maggie Sawkins

Earlier this year Maggie Sawkins won the Ted Hughes award for innovation, with Zones of Avoidance, a poetic account of a daughter’s addiction that is also an ambitious multimedia presentation using film, voices and sound. Sawkins, a teacher and the organiser of the long-running Tongues&Grooves poetry and music night in Portsmouth, talks to Greg Freeman about teasing out the story’s “terrible beaut...

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Doctor with the right medicine: Write Out Loud interviews the Emergency Poet

She goes round the country in a 1970s ambulance that she picked up on eBay, and with the help of an assistant, dispenses poetry on prescription to make people feel better. “Emergency Poet” Deborah Alma talks to Greg Freeman about bringing poetry to the people; her most “essential” poems - Brian Patt...

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'When you're very young it's not hard to change the direction of your life': Write Out Loud interviews Brian Patten

He tried to join the circus, then shot to fame as a poet in his teens after packing in his job as a local reporter. Brian Patten, whose name is synonymous with the Mersey poets, and who will be appear...

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Why I admire Dylan Thomas: the influences on Argentinian poet Luis Benítez

Luis Benítez is an Argentinian poet who has been honoured in France, Italy, Uruguay, and Mexico, as well as in his own country. His books have been published in Chile, France, Mexico, Romania, Sweden,...

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