The Speak Out Poetry project’s public showcase event took place on Friday 13 January at Ashcroft Arts Centre. People came along to hear a collection of poems written and read by Maggie Sawkins; a Portsmouth based poet who won the 2013 Ted Hughes Award for New Work. These works were created over three months in the latter part of 2016 with over 50 people during poetry making sessions at three adult day care centres run by Age Concern Hampshire.
The project was kindly funded by Healthwatch Hampshire through a Community Cash Fund and managed by Laura Bullivant, Cultural Engagement Manager – Older People within the Better Life Chances team. Maggie was also joined by Southampton poet Chris Bennett who worked closely with Maggie to support the poetry making sessions she devised for the purposes of creating this collection of work. To find out more about the Better Life Chances and their work in the community, please visit the website.