Maggie Sawkins won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry 2013 with Zones of Avoidance. She has written poetry since she was a child. Her two poetry collections are Charcot’s Pet (Flarestack, 2003) and The Zig Zag Woman (Two Ravens Press, 2007). Her third collection, including poems from the Zones of Avoidance production, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2015. Maggie works with people in recovery from addiction, and teaches students with specific learning difficulties at South Downs College, near Portsmouth. In 2003 she founded Tongues&Grooves Poetry and Music Club. In 2013 she represented Portsmouth on the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize 20th Anniversary Tour.