Dr Anthony Wilson
Subject Leader for Primary PGCE English


Research interests

My research takes the view that poetry writing, like other forms of linguistic discourse and other art forms, can be taught. It promotes a pedagogy of gradual development. As a published poet, qualified teacher, and researcher in poetry pedagogy, I occupy a unique position. I am therefore engaged in many poetry related activites, including giving readings, visiting schools, leading inservice training with teachers, reviewing, and tutoring adults (see esteem indicators). I therefore research within my field as both participant and observer, bringing to it a wide range of perspectives.

Research projects

In 2011 I co-authored and am co-convener of the ESRC funded Seminar Series Poetry Matters. My current projects include working with Bath Festivals' The Write Team on a project about writers in schools. Creativity, Confidence and Challenge, The Write Team project report, can be downloaded here.

In the last three years I have published a paper on teachers' conceptualisations of the creative and the critical in poetry composition; 'Ways with words: teachers’ personal epistemologies of the role of metalanguage in the teaching of poetry writing' in Language and Education, which you can access here; and a paper on teachers' metaphors describing teaching poetry writing.


My books include:

For teachers

Making Poetry Matter: International Research on Poetry Pedagogy. Dymoke, S, Lambirth, A. and Wilson, A. (Bloombsbury, 2013).

Making Poetry Happen: Transforming the Poetry Classroom. Dymoke, S., Barrs, M., Lambirth, A. and Wilson, A. (Bloomsbury, 2015): Highly Commended in the UKLA Academic Book of the Year Award, 2016.

Creativity in Primary Education (3rd edition) (Sage, 2015).

The Poetry Book for Primary Schools (The Poetry Society, 1998).


Wilson, A.C. (2012) Love for Now. Exeter: Impress Books.


Lifesaving Poems  (Bloodaxe Books, 2015).


Wilson, A.C. (2012) Riddance. Tonbridge: Worple Press.

Wilson, A.C. (2007) The Year of Drinking Water. Exeter: Exeter Leukaemia Fund. (Shortlisted in the Poetry Business pamphlet competition 2006).

Wilson, A.C. (2006) Full Stretch: Poems 1996-2006. Tonbridge: Worple Press.

Wilson, A.C. (2002)  Nowhere Better Than This. Tonbridge: Worple Press.

Wilson, A.C. (1999) The Difference. Leiston: Aldeburgh Poetry Trust.

Wilson, A.C. (1996) How Far From Here Is Home? Exeter: Stride.

Research networks

University of Exeter (GSE): membership of and participation in:

Centre for Research in Writing

Other Networks

  • Higher Education Academy
  • UKLA (United Kingdom Literacy Association)
  • EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) Writing Sig 12
  • Poetry Matters ESRC Seminar Series co-convener
  • NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education)
  • The Poetry Society: Poetryclass
  • The Poetry Archive

Research grants

  • 2010 Economic and Social Research Council
    ESRC Seminar Series Grant on poetry pedagogy: Poetry Matters
  • 2010 Arts Council
    I am the co-applicant
  • 2009 Paul Hamlyn Foundation
    Principal Investigator
  • 2008 Bath Festivals
    Principal Investigator.
  • 1998 ESRC
    A study of Poetry Writing Pedagogy at Key Stage 2


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