Maggie Brookes

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Maggie Brookes is an ex-journalist and BBC historical documentary producer turned poet and novelist.  In her fiction and poetry she often tells stories about injustice and the tenacity of women. Her five poetry collections range across time and place, love and death – with a healthy smattering of humour. Her poetry is published under her married name, Maggie Butt. 

Maggie is an Associate Professor at Middlesex University, London, where she has taught creative writing for 28 years. She is also an advisory fellow for the Royal Literary Fund.

Maggie's debut novel, THE PRISONER'S WIFE, a startling tale of love and resilience, is based on a true story of a couple during WWII and will be published by Cornerstone (UK) in May 2020. 



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Ally Pally Prison Camps


Oversetps Books

Alexandra Palace in North London was a ‘concentration camp’ for 3,000 civilian internees from 1915 to 1919. The prisoners at Ally Pally had English wives and children. Many owned businesses in Britain. Many had left Germany as children themselves, or had been born in England, and spoke no German. Only their passports made them ‘enemy aliens.’

This book combines their own words from letters and memoirs, with evocative photographs, plus full colour paintings by internee George Kenner and poems by Maggie Butt.


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Degrees of Twilight


The London Magazine

The passage of time is tangible in Maggie Butt’s latest 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.

Sancti Clandestini – Undercover Saints


Ward Wood Publications

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.



Greenwich Exchange

Maggie's first full poetry collection.

Quintana Roo


Acumen Literary Journal, Devon