Maggie Butt


Maggie Butt is a British poet and novelist, and a Royal Literary Fund advisory fellow.  She is also an Associate Professor at Middlesex University, London, where she has taught creative writing since 1990.

Her fifth collection of poetry Degrees of Twilight was published by The London Magazine in July 2015, and her novel The Prisoner’s Wife  will be published by Penguin Random House imprints  in the UK and the  USA in August 2020, under the name Maggie Brookes.

Her poetry appears widely in international magazines and anthologies, and has escaped the page into a mobile phone app, choreography, BBC Radio 4, readings and festivals. She has judged international poetry competitions for Ver poets, Torriano, Barnet, Ware poets and Segora.

Her pamphlet Quintana Roo was published by Acumen Publications in 2003 and her first full collection, Lipstick, was published in 2007 by Greenwich Exchange. In 2010 a collection of  pocket-sized poems, petite, was published by Hearing Eye and in 2011, Oversteps Books published Ally Pally Prison Camp, the story of 3,000 civilians imprisoned at Alexandra Palace during the First World War told through a historical collage of poems, photos, paintings and extracts from memoirs and letters.

Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints, the fully illustrated poetry collection was published in 2012 by Ward-Wood Publishing. An exhibition to accompany the book was held at The Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden.

Maggie returned to her first love of poetry after a career spanning many other forms of writing. After an English degree at Cardiff University she became a newspaper reporter, moving to BBC TV as a documentary writer / producer / director.

She was Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education from 2007 to 2012 and  founding  Principal Editor of its peer reviewed journal Writing in Practice. In 2007 her edited collection of essays: Story The Heart of the Matter was published by Greenwich Exchange.

Maggie has a PhD in creative writing from Cardiff University and is a University Teaching Fellow and University Orator.

She  lives in North London and Whitstable with her husband. They have two grown-up daughters.


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