Maggie Butt

Novelist, Poet

Maggie Butt is an ex-journalist and BBC television producer, turned poet and novelist. Her publications include five poetry collections and one novel, House of Dreams (published under the name Maggie Brookes). A strong interest in history and war runs through her writing, with themes of human rights and the resilience of women, relieved by a healthy smattering of humour. 

Her poetry collection Degrees of Twilight (the London Magazine, 2015) follows the illustrated books Sancti Clandestini: undercover saints, a hagiography of imaginary patron saints, and Ally Pally Prison Camp, which tells the story of the 3,000 civilian men who were imprisoned at Alexandra Palace during the First World War. Earlier collections were petite: a book of pocket-sized poems, and her first collection Lipstick. Her poems have escaped the page into festivals, schools, choreography, a geo-locative mobile phone app, live musical accompaniment and her website, which includes videos and recordings. She is completing a new wartime novel and her next poetry collection.

Maggie has a PhD from Cardiff University and has taught at Middlesex University since 1990, where she is an Associate Professor supervising Creative Writing PhDs, with a specialism in PhDs by Published Works.  She was Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education from 2007 to 2012. She lives in Whitstable and London with her husband of 35 years. They have two grown-up daughters.

Maggie Butt


University of Kent at Canterbury 2016-18