Anthony Wilson

Poetry, Education, Research



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.

Love for Now, a memoir of my experience of cancer, is available from Impress Books.

Bloodaxe Books published the anthology of my blogLifesaving Poems, in 2015.

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.

The following links take you to pages where you can read and listen to interviews I have given on my experience of cancer, poetry and blogging, how to be a bloggerLifesaving Poems, and writing.



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 CritiqueLanguage and EducationThinking 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.

Making Poetry Happen was Highly Commended in the UKLA Academic Book of the Year Award, 2016.



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.

My poetry writing lesson plans can be found online at The Poetry Trust, The Poetry Archive and the Poetry Society.



I can be contacted by using the contact form below, emailing me at a dot c dot wilson at exeter dot ac dot uk, via my Facebook pages, or Twitter.



Author Photo: Gwenllian Riall



You can buy Lifesaving Poems from Amazon here, order it from Inpress here, or from Waterstones here.

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.

22 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Thanks for your Like on the Ashbery piece – I was v unsure about putting it up: he has such a fan-base, I don’t want them jumping all over me: if you must show your ignorance, then don’t do it all over etc etc.
    I see you’re working with teaching anf language techniques: I’m in the middle of researching ring structures in literature: and wonder if any crop up in your research fields: chiasmus, parallelism in texts etc.

    best wishes – dare I add: Happy New Year?

    M M


    1. Hello Michael and thanks so much for your kind comment.
      I think you seem much more qualified to talk about JA than I do, your piece has helped me read him in a completely new way. Thank you and hats off and good wishes


  2. Thank you for following my blog and for liking my post on “men die every day…” I’m enjoying your Lifesaving Poems. The PowerPoint on poetry pedagogy is interesting; I’d like to see more on this topic.


    1. Hi there and thanks so much for your kind comments. If you want to read more -the full-length article on teachers’ metaphors of poetry pedagogy- there is a link on the Research page on the site. It is called ‘A joyous lifeline in a target driven job’. I am so pleased you like the lifesaving poems series. Do spread the word.
      As ever with good wishes


  3. (Apologies in advance if this is a duplicate post. I’m still getting the hang of the WordPress thing.)
    Thanks for following my blog and liking my post on “men die every day…” I’m enjoying the Lifesaving Poems. The PowerPoint on poetry pedagogy was interesting; I’d like to read more.


  4. Anthony…it’s a pleasure to meet you even from such a distance, and I thank you for following Skylark Writing Studio…I hope this finds you in very good health. Your site is a treasure and I look forward to following it. You’re working in a field dear to my heart. And doing it beautifully.


    1. Dear Molly
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. I like what you are up to at the Skylark Writing Studio and wish you all the best for it.
      With best wishes and hats off


  5. Hi Anthony,
    I enjoyed the piece about spoofing “This is just to say” and Kenneth Koch’s parody which I didn’t know.
    Given your Exeter connection, I thought you might like my Riddle which also references the original.

    I’m a white god
    Attractive, cool.
    I preserve and
    Sustain. My veins
    Are serpentine.
    I take messages,
    Sometimes hum.
    Doctor Williams
    Ate my plums.

    Best wishes


    1. Dear Jeff
      Thanks so much for your excellent riddle, which brought a big smile to my face.
      I love those serpentine veins. I’m glad I pointed you to an article you found useful.
      As ever with with thanks for your interest


  6. Dear Mr Anthony Wilson,
    I stumbled upon your page due to a strange coincidence:fumbling foolishly online in search of more info on two favourite poets of mine,Marin Sorescu and DJ Enright.By the way,I am a Romanian, and a teacher of English, so that could be the explanation for why I’ve been doing this.Though my language skills are far below both yours and of the industrious guests of this site, who have left delightfully witty comments on this page, I still feel like making my embarrassed presence felt in your”house”; this is just to confess how happy I am to see that my humble literary choices are shared by people whose erudition and sensitivity is remarkable.I can’t wait to find the time and the mood to read some more of your poems as well, and I’ll also mail the link of your inspirational poems to one of my fellow teachers of English who happens to be undergoing chemeotherapy before surgery in her fight against cancer.Deep consideration.


    1. Thank you for your kind comment.
      I am so pleased you stopped by and have found poems that you like.
      I once heard Marin Sorescu reading, via a translator, in London.
      He looked to be having the time of his life, as though he couldn’t quite believe it that a crowd had turned out to see him.
      Wishing you, and your friend, all the very best


  7. I thank you.Also let me wish you to stay in good health, have a rewarding job and a happy life.And because we all love poetry,let me share with you and your friends, a small poem by Marin Sorescu, Chairs,published in a bilingual volume in1972,English version by Roy MacGregor Hastie.
    Every evening/I collect from my neighbours/all the available chairs/and read poems to them. Chairs are very sensitive/to poetry/if you know to set them properly. that is why/I get excited/and keep on at them for hours on end/about how beautifully my soul dies/in the daytime. Our meetings/are usually even-tempered/with no superfluous enthusism. Anyway/it means that each of us/has done his duty/and can move on.


    1. Thank you so much for posting this wonderful poem.
      If memory serves it was the first poem of Sorescu’s I came across.
      I love its humour, self deprecation and grief.
      It is a very strong favourite of mine and it was lovely to be reminded of it today.
      Thank you again, and with good wishes


  8. anthony wilson I love your piece on don coles in 1992 I was fortunate to meet don at a poetry retreat in banff called the may studios in which established canadian poets and other writers interacted with younger poets we spent some time together almost every day for 6 weeks and I really grew to love his poetry and him as a person I visited him in toronto a few times the next few years but haven’t seen him for ages his poetry is truly beautiful and unique I don’t know anyone who writes like don thanks again for the lovely words about him so many of our fine writers were expatriats for varying periods of time don coles heather spears mavis gallant


    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment.
      Don Coles I think should be a household name. I hope what I have done is share a little bit of the excitement of reading him.
      As ever with good wishes


    1. I am indeed that Anthony Wilson! Send me an email to the address on this page and I will arrange to send you some CDs of MP3s which we made from the old tapes.
      Hope this is ok, as ever with good wishes and thanks


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