Dr Maggie Butt is an ex-journalist and BBC TV documentary producer, turned poet and novelist. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, and has been teaching Creative Writing at Middlesex University since 1990.
Her books include five published poetry collections and a collection of essays on Story. Her novel, The Prisoner's Wife is due to be published by Penguin Random House in May 2020 under the name Maggie Brookes. As well as her five collections, her poetry has appeared widely in literary journals around the world and has escaped the page onto the internet, BBC Radio 4, readings, festivals, and schools. Her articles and papers about Creative Writing have been published internationally. She has judged international poetry competitions for Torriano, Barnet, Ver, Ware, and Segora.
Maggie is a University Teaching Fellow. She was an AHRC Peer Review College member and has been a member of the management of the National Association of Writers in Education committee since 2002, and Chair from 2007 to 2012.She was Creative Writing HE subject advisor to AQA having been a key figure in writing the AQA Creative Writing A level.
She has been External Examiner for practice based Creative Writing PhDs including PhDs by Publication.
Her current post at Middlesex University is Associat Professor of Creative Writing, supervising PhD students. Previous posts, in reverse chronological order, include: Associate Director, Academic Partnership Development; Acting Dean of Art & Design; Deputy Dean of Arts and Education; Head of Media Department; Programme Leader for Creative Writing.
Dr Maggie Butt supervises PhD and DProf candidates for practice based Creative Writing research degrees, including degrees by Publication. New applications welcome for self-funded study.
External Examining Experience
Previous Undergraduate Teaching
Developing craft and technique, deepening understanding and personal development, broadening critical reading and cultural references and encouraging imaginative creative writing for a range of genres, forms and markets.
Designed and taught modules in Print Journalism, Feature Writing, Writing for Video, Writing for Radio, Resources for Writers, Writing and Publishing for Children, Writing in Practice, Introduction to Writing, Work Placement, Independent Projects.
Maggie is a poet - a practitioner, carrying out practice led research in Creative Writing. She also publishes on the pedagogy and assessment of creative writing.
REF 2013 Outputs
Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints (Ward Wood Publications 2012) ISBN 978-1-908742-13-
Ally Pally Prison Camp (Oversteps Books 2011) ISBN 978-1-906856-21-2
Petite (Hearing Eye, London) Poetry collection (2010)
Grouping of 45 individual poems published in international publications between 2008 and 2013, not included yet in collections.
Other Authored Books
I am the Sphinx. Downloadable e-chapbook and mp3. Snakeskin: poetry webzine (2008)
Lipstick (Greenwich Exchange, London.) – poetry collection. (2007)
ed Maggie Butt Story, the Heart of the Matter (Greenwich Exchange, London) – collection of essays. ( 2007)
Quintana Roo (Acumen Literary Journal, Devon) Poetry pamphlet 30 pages (2003)
Poems in anthologies:
'Honour" in In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights,(Institute of Comonwealth Studies, Human Rights Consortium 2013) ISBN 9780957221032
'Fish Wife' 'The Conference Hall and the Sea, 'Second Life' in Running Before the Wind (Grey Hen Press) ISBN 978-0-9552952-9-4
'After The Bees' in The Price of Gold (Grey Hen Press) ISBN 978-0-9552952-7-0
2011– 'Starlit' in Did I Tell You – 131 poems for Children in Need (Frogmore Press)
2011 –'Airborne' and 'Mum and Dad 1934 ' in University of Salzburg anthology.
'Miracle at the Wedding in Taunton' in Poems in the Waiting Room, New Zealand.
2011 – 'Lake Trasimeno' in The Editor (Rockingham Press) ISBN 978-1-904851-41-7
2010 'The Patron Saint of Remaindered Books' in Snap (Templar) ISBN 9 781906 285944
'Initiation' and 'Spaces' in: Oxley, Patricia, (ed.) First Sixty: the Acumen anthology. Acumen (2010) ISBN 9781873161234
'Lipstick' published in bilingual (English/Romanian) anthology, And the Story Isn't Over…, ISBN 978-0-9552040-0-5, and on companion CD, And the Story So Far, poetry p f, 2009
"Meltwater" in Read to Succeed (Longman USA) 2009
2008 "Meltwater" Feeling the Pressure. Poetry and Science of Climate Change (British Council)
2006 "Chipko" Images of Women (Arrowhead.)
2006 "Bulbs" "May" Poems In The Waiting Room, ed Michael Lee, London
2005 'Bulbs" Poetry in Stitches ed L & C Connell (National Needlework Archive.)
Literary Journal Publication:
September 2001 – present: More than 200 individual poems published by British and International literary journals and magazines including London Magazine, The Rialto, The French Literary Review, Acumen, Agenda, Axon – Creative Explorations, Accounting Accountancy and Accountability Journal, Magma, Smiths Knoll, Poems In the Waiting Room, Orbis, THE SHOp, Magma, The Bow-Wow Shop, The Interpreter's House, Seam, Obsessed by Pipework, Scintilla, Yellow Crane, Breathe, Krax, How Do I Love Thee, Island, Second Light Newsletter, the Coffee House, Equinox, Manifold & Manifold Voices, snakeskin.co.uk, wordup.co.uk, the chimera.com and clevermagazine.com.
Refereed articles and published conference proceedings:
One I made earlier: on the PhD by publication Text Journal special issue October 2013 http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue22/Butt.pdf
Chair of one panel and papers given at two others at the Associated Writers Program , 'Being in Uncertainties, Mysteries and Doubts: Negative Capability and the Place of the Imagination in the Academy Today' 7,000 delegate conference in Washington DC, March 2011.
Maggie Butt 2009 Keynote speaker at conference on part time teaching in Creative Writing, Cardiff February 2009– published in English Subject Centre newsletter 2009
Maggie Butt 2009: 'Taking Stock of the Range of Creative Writing Research Degrees. How Can Variety be Preserved with no Loss of Rigour?' The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. Taylor & Francis ISSN: 1479-0726
Chair of one panel and paper given at another panel 'Taking Stock of the Range of Creative Writing Research Degrees. How Can Variety be Preserved with no Loss of Rigour?at the Associated Writers Program 8,400 delegate conference in Chicago 2009
Paper 'Anarchy in the UK' for panel on the international state of research degrees in Creative Writing at the Associated Writers Program 7,500 delegate conference in New York Jan 2008. Also introducing keynote speaker to 6,000 delegates.
Maggie Butt 2008 'Writers in the World' (NAWE conference paper) Writing in Education Spring 2008
Keynote speaker at Writers Teaching Writing conference, University of Sussex, Brighton May 2007
Maggie Butt, 2001, 'Students & Learning Outcomes.' Conference organizers - English Subject Centre; Sheffield Hallam University.
Maggie Butt, 2002, Paper on 'Marking Creative Writing' - contribution to English Subject Centre's guide for universities running creative writing courses. Paper given at conference to launch the guide, University of Glamorgan, September 2002 & published as part of guide.
Contributions as panelist, or giving paper or running workshop at almost every NAWE conference since 1999 (2 or 3 a year.)
Maggie Butt 2004 'The View From Here' NAWE conference workshop, Writing in Education October 2004
Maggie Butt 2003 'The Murder of Poetry' Acumen
Maggie Butt 2003 'The Murder of Poetry,' NATE News, the newsletter of the National Association for the Teaching of English, June 2003 Issue 23.
Maggie Butt 2003 'Why Do We Write?' Mslexia Spring 2003.
Maggie Butt 2002 'Putting the Pleasure Back Into Poetry' Writing in Education
Maggie Butt 2002 'Music and Creativity' Mslexia
Maggie Butt & Alison Dewey, 2001, 'Maximising Creativity' Writing in Education Vol 22, Higher Education forum of National Association of Writers in Education website and in Mslexia Winter/spring.
Maggie Butt 2000 'Image and Imagination' Writing in Education
Maggie Butt 1999 'Creative Writing and the RAE' Writing in Education
7b Television Programmes:
(This list only covers major films and programmes over 30 minutes, produced or directed by Maggie, based on her own research.)
1988 Producer/director/writer. Building Houses. BBC 2 . 30 minutes.
1987 Producer /director/writer. 'Images of a Revolution.' Timewatch BBC 2. 50 Minutes. Sunday Times: "A remarkable investigation" Observer: "Stunning." "Elegant." "Highly original." D. Telegraph: "Absorbing. Controller BBC 2: "An immaculate piece of work."
1986 Producer/director/writer. 40 Minutes - Troublesome People. Reporter Caroline Moorehead. BBC 2. The Independent: "Thought provoking." Today: "One of the most moving things I have ever seen.
1984-5 Producer/director/writer. 'Schooldays' and 'Living It Up.' 2 x 30 minutes films Now The War Is Over. BBC 2.
1983. Director. The Other Half - BBC 1. 30 minute film. Mail On Sunday: "Funnier than any sitcom."
1983. Crimewatch UK. Developed and produced the Pilot programme
1983 & 1984. Produced 4 x 30 minute programmes. The Time of Your Life. BBC 1.
1982. Assistant Producer. 'Shipbuilding' (50 Minutes) 'Working The Land' (50 mins.) All Our Working Lives, BBC 2.
Bendon, Helen and Butt, Maggie (2015) Time stands still. [Digital artefact]
Butt, Maggie (2015) Degrees of twilight. The London Magazine Editions, London. ISBN 9780992606152
Butt, Maggie (2013) Pain. Artemis , 10 .
Butt, Maggie (2012) Sancti clandestini: undercover saints. Ward-Wood Publications, London. ISBN 9781908742131
Butt, Maggie (2012) After the bees. In: The price of gold: poems about the honey bee. Howard, Joy , ed. Grey Hen Press. ISBN 9780955295270
Maggie believes strongly that poetry should be taken off the page and out into the community.
She has collaborated with the Illustration Department of Middlesex University on Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints – with a book and an exhibition at the Poetry Café, Covent Garden November 2012.
She collaborated with choreographer Lesley Main in on piece called "Ashes" based on her poetry, premiered at Arts Depot, London in May 2011
She has judged poetry competitions including the Torriano international poetry competition, January / February 2011
She was interviewed on Robert Elms' show, BBC Radio London, about my Ally Pally Prison Camp book. June 11th 2011.
Her poems were translated into Romanian for a radio programme about her work on Romanian Radio http://cultural.srr.ro/ December 9th 2008. Following this a dissertation about her Lipstick collection was written by a Romanian MA student.
Invited readings/ presentations: