Maggie Butt

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Maggie Butt
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Maggie Butt
Born United Kingdom
United Kingdom England
Occupation Poet

Maggie Butt is a British poet.


Maggie Butt is an English poet who has published five poetry books, one pamphlet, one e-book/MP3 and an edited collection of essays. Her latest collection Degrees of Twilight was published in July 2015 by The London Magazine. She is principal editor of the creative writing journal Writing in Practice. Her poetry has been published in international magazines and been turned into choreography and a mobile phone app.

After completing an English degree, Maggie Butt became a newspaper reporter, moving to BBC TV as a documentary writer, producer and director. She later returned to poetry, completing a PhD in creative writing from Cardiff University.

Maggie Butt's first pamphlet Quintana Roo was published by Acumen Publications in 2003. Her first full collection of poetry, Lipstick, was published in March 2007 by Greenwich Exchange; a launch event was held at Keats House in Hampstead, North London. Her edited collection of essays Story - The Heart of the Matter was also published by Greenwich Exchange in October 2007. An e-book and MP3 "I Am The Sphinx" were published by Snakeskin online poetry journal in 2009. Her collection of short poems "petite" was published by Hearing Eye in 2010, and turned into a dance piece "Ashes" by choreographer Lesley Main.

Ally Pally Prison Camp, published June 2011 by Oversteps Books, charts the use of Alexandra Palace in North London as a 'concentration camp' for civilian enemy aliens during the First World War. It tells the story of the internees through black and white photographs, the paintings of internee George Kenner, extracts from memoirs and letters, and Maggie Butt's own poems.[1]The poems and stories from Ally Pally Prison Camp have been recorded brought alive for visitors to Alexandra Palace in a locative mobile phone app produced by Helen Bendon.

"Sancti Clandestini - Undercover Saints", published November 2012 by Ward-Wood Publications, is a fully illustrated poetry collection, which proposes some alternative, imaginary saints, including the Patron Saints of liars, looters, rank outsiders, compulsive hoarders, old dogs and infidel girls. These undercover Patron Saints are illustrated by the staff and students of Middlesex University's BA Hons Illustration course, from famous and established artists to emerging talents. 'If the proof of a poem is in the richness of response it provokes, the illustrations here are that response made visible - a testimony to the subtle layers in this tender but incisive poetry.' Philip Gross

Degrees of Twilight was published in July 2015. The passage of time is tangible in Maggie's fifth collection. These poems use history, memory, work and travel as lenses to examine the inevitable pains and sharp pleasures at the heart of our transient lives.

Dr Maggie Butt is an Associate Director at Middlesex University, London, where she has taught Creative Writing since 1990. She was Chair of the National Association of Writers in Education - (NAWE) from 2007-2012. She is a University Teaching Fellow and University Orator.

Maggie Butt lives in North London. She is married with two grown-up daughters.


  • Quintana Roo, Acumen Publications 2003
  • Lipstick, Greenwich Exchange 2007
  • Story - The Heart of the Matter, Greenwich Exchange 2007
  • Petite, Hearing Eye 2010
  • Ally Pally Prison Camp, Oversteps Books 2011[1]
  • Sancti Clandestini - Undercover Saints , Ward-Wood 2012
  • Degrees of Twilight, The London Magazine, 2015


  1. ^ a b "Ally Pally Prison Camp". Retrieved 2011-07-05. 

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