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Maggie Harris




Maggie Harris is a Guyana-born poet and prose writer who has written six collections of poetry, a memoir, Kiskadee Girl, and two short story collections, Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning, and In Margate by Lunchtime (upcoming). Her latest collection of poetry is Sixty Years of Loving. She was recently selected as Regional Winner (Caribbean) for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2014. Other awards include The Guyana Prize for Literature, New Writing South, Arts Council New Writing and Kingston University Life Writing.

She has performed her work in the UK, Europe and the Caribbean, works with both adults and children, and was International Teaching Fellow at Southampton University. Her use of language reflect her passion for connectedness through music and rhythm.


"I was enthralled by your economy and precise use of language. I was also deeply moved by the tender openness of your particular view of the world." Brian Reid, Music Manager & Writer, at Blue Gate Poets, Swindon.

" I have seen Maggie Harris read her poetry at several venues, most recently at the Dinefwr Literature Festival in Wales. Her readings are always engaging. The musical quality of her voice and the rhythm of her poetry work together beautifully to create a memorable performance." Jackie Biggs, Writer & Editor

"Maggie's poems dart like hummingbirds: vivid, precise, lyrical, playful and singing with a chorus of voices." Maggie Butt, 'After a Visit to a Botanical garden'

"This collection made me laugh out loud, weep, and return to particular poems for the sheer pleasure of savouring their brilliance." Catherine Smith, 'Sixty Years of Loving'

Career Highlights

International Teaching Fellowship, Southampton University 2008-9

Winning the Guyana Prize for Literature for my first collection LIMBOLANDS in 2000

Winning a Leverhulme scholarship to research performance poetry in Barbados in 1999

Creating and organising the Inscribing Literature festival in East Kent 2002-4

Kent's Outstanding Adult Learner in 1994

Winning writing awards from Meridian TV, & Arts Councils & the TS Eliot from Kent University

Representing Kent in Europe as part of MUSE

BA & MA as a mature student at Kent University


Year of the Artist - Poetry in Dance Studios

Lyric Writing in the community with Glyndebourne Opera

Reader Development for Kent Libraries

Writing, Art & Music collaborations in schools

Kent’s Big Read - poetry with parents & children

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens - the Paper Gardener

Broadstairs Folk Week Poet in residence

* Essex Intercultural project


Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning - Cultured Llama publishing house

Kiskadee Girl Kingston University

Sixty Poems for Haiti Cane Arrow Press

After a Visit to a Botanical Garden
Cane Arrow Press

Limbolands - Mango Print

Sixty Poems for Haiti Cane Arrow Press











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