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. House of Dreams is a magic-realist, time-shift romance set in 1945 and 1998.
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 researching a new wartime novel.
Maggie has a PhD from Cardiff University and has taught creative writing at Middlesex University since 1990, where she also held roles from programme leader to deputy dean. She was Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education from 2007 to 2012, and principal editor of the journal Writing in Education. She also edited a collection of essays, Story: the heart of the matter. She lives in Whitstable and London with her husband of 30 years. They have two grown-up daughters.