An invitation to the Segora Celebration Weekend 14th and 15th September 2019
Gordon and Jocelyn are delighted to announce that Maggie Butt will be holding a writer’s workshop on Saturday 14th September,
Salle de Cloître St André- sur-Sèvre, 79380 SW France.

40€ including lunch - to reserve your place please email Please request an accommodation list and directions to the venue if required.

Maggie is a poet and a novelist. She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and an Associate Professor at Middlesex University, London, where she has taught creative writing since 1990. Her career spans may forms of writing: newspaper reporter, BBC TV documentary writer/producer/director.


10.00 – 12.00:The View From Here: Using memory, pictures and imagination to explore the relationship between character and location. Suitable for new and professional writers of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and drama.

12.00 -14.00: lunch and browse the bookshop


14.00 - 17.30: readings from prize-winning poems, stories and vignettes with adjudications and presentation of awards. A rehearsed reading of the winning one-act play. Refreshments and a ‘vin d’honneur’.


19.30:  Dinner at Le Cheval Blanc, La Foret-sur-Sevre,79380  

Sunday 15th September

10-00 – 11.00: Maggie Butt will read extracts from her books and hold a Q and A session with the audience. Interview conducted by Harriet Springbett, author of Tree Magic (Impress, 2017).

11.00 – 11.30: Launch of Tickling the Dragon by Jocelyn Simms. From Los Alamos to Christmas Island: the Atomic Age in poetry with historical notes and never-before seen photographs by Sapper Billy Wayne.  "Outspoken, shocking and poignant." Mandy Pannett. 




Commemoration, Marie Magdeleine Davy, St Clémentin

Yves Airaud, Armelle Dutruc, Sylvie Hervé and Gordon Simms Dedication of square to Marie Magdeleine Davy


What an excellent thing it is that Marie Magdeleine Davy has at last been recognised and honoured by the village.
Sally Pearson