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), Riddance (Worple Press, 2012) and The Afterlife (Worple Press, 2019).
I have recently published Deck Shoes, a second volume of memoir, with Impress Books.
More details of my books can be found 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.
You can read reviews of my work here.
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 the last seven consecutive years. I was nominated to represent Exeter University’s College of Social Sciences and International Studies at Research Uncovered in January 2017.
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.
Read more at my university webpage
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 a dot c dot wilson at exeter dot ac dot uk
Author Photo: Gwenllian Riall