Tim Cunningham and Maggie Freeman will be reading from their poetry and talking about their inspirations. This event forms part of the Essex Poetry Festival 2018.
Maggie was born in Trinidad, growing up on coconut estates, and moved to England when she was 10 years old – a very different environment and way of living! Her love of telling stories led to writing, initially non-fiction, and from her historical research her novels were born: 'The Girl in the Great House', 'Daughter of the Sea' and 'The Clock Mender'.
Maggie also writes poetry - she says she loves the music of words - and is a member of the Essex group Adamantine, as well as a member of the Society of Authors, the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Poetry Society. In 2014 she published the collection 'Singing for Mr Bear'.
Tim was born in Limerick in 1942. He has worked with a brewery, local government, the National Coal Board and in education.
He has lived in Limerick, Tipperary, Dublin, Trowbridge, London, Newark (Delaware), and, currently, Billericay. Tim has six collections published: 'Don Marcelino's Daughter' (2001), 'Unequal Thirds' (2006) 'Kyrie' (2008), 'Siege' (2012), 'Almost Memories' (2014) and 'The Lyrics to the Nightingale’s Song' (2016).
'Tim Cunningham's poems are as various and fascinating as the animals in Noah's Ark. He has a most musical ear, a keen eye and an open heart. His aim is true. He writes beautiful poems.' Adrian Mitchell