I am a poet and writing tutor, and a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter where I lead the unique Primary PGCE English specialism and the Masters in Education programme.
Poetry and writing
My books of poetry are How Far From Here is Home? (Stride, 1996), Nowhere Better Than This (Worple Press, 2002), Full Stretch: Poems 1996-2006 (Worple Press, 2006) and Riddance, which you can buy direct from Worple Press here.
I have held writing residencies at The Poetry Society, The Times Educational Supplement, The Poetry Trust, Apples and Snakes and Tate Britain. My books include The Poetry Book for Primary Schools (1998) and Creativity in Primary Education (2015).
You can watch videos of me speaking and giving readings here.
My research is in the field of poetry in education. I am co-convener of the ESRC Seminar Series Poetry Matters. My work includes Teachers as Writers, a joint investigation with Open University and the Arvon Foundation, and Bath Festivals’ The Write Team, both on the impact of creative writers working in schools.
My recent research on teachers’ conceptualisations of poetry has been published in English Teaching: Practice and Critique, Language and Education, Thinking Skills and Creativity, and Research Papers in Education.
Making Poetry Matter, co-edited with Sue Dymoke and Andrew Lambirth and based on the Poetry Matters Seminar Series, is out now.
I was shortlisted for a University of Exeter Outstanding Regional Impact award in 2011 for my involvement with Exetreme Imagination. I have been nominated for a University of Exeter ‘outstanding teacher’ award for the last five consecutive years. I was nominated to represent Exeter University’s College of Social Sciences and International Studies at Research Uncovered in January 2017.
Author Photo: Gwenllian Riall
You can also order signed copies from me directly.
The best way to do this is via my Facebook page. NB You will need a PayPal account to do this.
Message me with the email that is linked to your PayPal account, which I will then use to request the amount required. Each book is £12. Postage for one book is £1.52 ; postage for two books is £2.80; postage for three books is also £2.80 (all prices UK only, second class).
Or there are good old cheques. Use the contact form or email address on my Contact pages to get in touch and we can go from there.