Poet and writing tutor
I am a lecturer, poet and writing tutor. I work in teacher and medical education at the University of Exeter.
My anthology Lifesaving Poems was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015. In 2012 I published Riddance (Worple Press), a collection of poems, and Love for Now (Impress Books), a memoir, about my experience of cancer.
In 2023 I will publish The Wind and the Rain, my sixth collection of poems, with Blue Diode Press.
My current research project, with Sue Dymoke from Nottingham Trent University and funded by the Foyle Foundation, is Young Poets’ Stories.
I have held 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).
I have judged the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition, The Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and The Impress Prize for New Writers, and tutored at Arvon and the Poetry School.
This blog is archived by the British Library.
You can find my most recent interview about my writing life, at Wombwell Rainbow, here.
You can find details of forthcoming readings and events here.
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 pathway.
I was shortlisted for a University of Exeter Outstanding Regional Impact award in 2011 for my involvement with Exetreme Imagination and in the 2020 Teaching Awards for pastoral care. I have been nominated for a University of Exeter ‘outstanding teacher’ award for seven consecutive years. In January 2017 I was nominated to represent Exeter University’s College of Social Sciences and International Studies at Research Uncovered.
I have supervised PhDs on the following topics in the last seven years:
- Transformation through learning: An ethnographic case study of practices in a music-infused school.
- Enquiry into the enablers and barriers to health behaviour change through the use of narrative communication: The case for public health promotion in Nigeria
- Saudi students’ attitudes and preferences towards using dictionaries for learning English.
- An investigation of the preparation of teachers for language teaching at primary level: Implications for an initial Language Teacher Education programme in line with the European framework.
- How does the Cornwall SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) programme contribute to the development of creativity as part of teacher identity in pre-service teachers?
- The effect of change on teachers’ emotions and identity in a tertiary college in the Middle East.
- An Evaluative Study of Teaching Practice in the English Teacher Training Program at Rustaq College of Applied Sciences, Oman.
- The Teaching of Writing to Early Writers: A Comparative Study of Multimodal Classroom Practices amongst Teachers in Malaysia and England.
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My research is in the field of poetry in education.
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.In 2013 I was a co-investigator on the Choice and Control project, funded by the Education Endowment Fund. In 2012 I was co-convener of the ESRC Seminar Series Poetry Matters.
You can read the Executive Summary of Teachers as Writers here.
You can read the Teachers as Writers blog here.
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.
You can find more details of my research here.
I can be contacted by using the contact form below, or via email at email@example.com
Author Photo: Gwenllian Riall