Maggie Sawkins

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Maggie Sawkins

How did you get into writing?

As a child, through reading – anything from cereal packets and bill boards to newspapers and nursery rhymes. I became really hooked after reading, over and over again, Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘A Child’s Garden of Verse’. I’ve been trying to write the perfect poem ever since.

What is your inspiration?

Poetry enables me to make sense of the surrealism of everyday life. The imagery and symbolism of poetry enables you to explore and understand difficult emotions and problematic relationships without upsetting anyone!

What writing accomplishment are you most proud of?

My poem, ‘A Pair of Small Ears’ because it seems to have taken on a life of its own. It’s been published worldwide on a number of websites, broadcast on Romanian National Radio, translated into other languages and included in anthologies. It’s the poem I’m asked most about. Last month it was featured as ‘The Tuesday Poem’ on a New Zealand website.

What is your top tip for a young writer?

Explore different genres. If you want to be a playwright read poetry; if you want to be a poet read plays. Think of words as the precision tools of the imagination. Use them often and use them well.

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