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Dr Anthony Wilson

Dr Anthony Wilson

Senior Lecturer in Education, Subject Leader for Primary PGCE English

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 Baring Court BC205

 

Baring Court, University of Exeter St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

My research takes the view that poetry writing, like other forms of linguistic discourse and art forms, can be taught. I promote a pedagogy of gradual development. Therefore, as a published poet, qualified teacher, and researcher in poetry pedagogy, I research in this field from a hybrid perspective. I am engaged in many poetry related activities, including publishing, blogging, giving readings, visiting schools, leading inservice training with teachers, reviewing, and tutoring adults. I research within my field as both participant and observer and am interested in connecting with other poet-researchers in the field.

Research

I am co-convener of the ESRC Seminar Series Poetry Matters. My recent work includes Choice and Control:Improving Writing Through Embedded Attention to GrammarTeachers 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 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 available from Bloomsbury.

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

Personal Interests

My books of poetry are How Far From Here is Home? (Stride, 1996), Nowhere Better Than This (Worple Press, 2002) and Full Stretch: Poems 1996-2006 (Worple Press, 2006) and Riddance (Worple Press, 2012).

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 bloggingLifesaving Poems, and writing.

https://anthonywilsonpoetry.com

 

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Education) (2004), University of Exeter
Master of Arts, Language and Literature in Education (Distinction) (1997) Goldsmiths, University of London
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Primary) (1988),  University of Greenwich
BA (Hons) (English) (1985), Queen Mary University of London

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Research group links

Research

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).

Memoir

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

Anthology

Lifesaving Poems  (Bloodaxe Books, 2015).

Poetry

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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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Wilson AC (In Press). Teachers’ conceptualisations of the intuitive and the intentional in poetry composition. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 9(3), 53-74. Full text.
Myhill DA, Jones SM, Wilson AC (In Press). WRITING CONVERSATIONS: FOSTERING METALINGUISTIC DISCUSSION ABOUT WRITING. Research Papers in Education Abstract.  Full text.
Wilson AC, Wilson AC (2013). ‘A joyous lifeline in a target driven job’: teachers’ metaphors of teaching poetry writing. Cambridge Journal of Education Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC, Myhill DA (2012). Ways with Words:. Teachers’ Personal Epistemologies of the Role of Metalanguage in the Teaching of Poetry Writing. Language and Education, 26(6), 553-568. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (2009). Creativity and Constraint: Developing as a Writer of Poetry. In Beard, R, Myhill, D, Nystrand, M, Riley, J (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Writing Development, Sage, 387-401.  Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by category


Books

Dymoke S, Barrs M, Lambirth A, Wilson A (2014). Making Poetry Happen Transforming the Poetry Classroom., Bloomsbury Publishing. Abstract.
Wilson AC, Dymoke S, Lambirth A, Cremin T, Collins F, Matthewman S, Barrs M, Styles M, Myhill D, Kelly A, et al (eds)(2013). Making Poetry Matter: International Research on Poetry Pedagogy. London, Continuum. Abstract.
Wilson AC (2012). Love for Now. Exeter, Impress Books. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (2012). Riddance. Tonbridge, Worple Press. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (eds)(2009). Creativity in Primary Education. Exeter, Learning Matters. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (2007). The Year of Drinking Water (2007). Exeter, Exeter Leukaemia Fund. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson, A.C. (2006). Full Stretch: Poems 1996-2006. Tonbridge, Worple Press.
Wilson, A.C. (2005). Creativity in Primary Education.  Exeter, Learning Matters Ltd.
Wilson, A.C. (2002). Nowhere Better Than This. Tonbridge, Worple Press.

Journal articles

Wilson AC (In Press). Teachers’ conceptualisations of the intuitive and the intentional in poetry composition. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 9(3), 53-74. Full text.
Myhill DA, Jones SM, Wilson AC (In Press). WRITING CONVERSATIONS: FOSTERING METALINGUISTIC DISCUSSION ABOUT WRITING. Research Papers in Education Abstract.  Full text.
Wilson AC, Dymoke S (2017). Towards a model of poetry writing development as a socially contextualised process. Journal of Writing Research, 9, No. 2, 127-150. Full text.
Myhill DA, Wilson AC (2013). Playing it Safe: teachers’ views of creativity in poetry writing. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 10, 101-111.
Wilson AC, Wilson AC (2013). ‘A joyous lifeline in a target driven job’: teachers’ metaphors of teaching poetry writing. Cambridge Journal of Education Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC, Myhill DA (2012). Ways with Words:. Teachers’ Personal Epistemologies of the Role of Metalanguage in the Teaching of Poetry Writing. Language and Education, 26(6), 553-568. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson, A.C. (2007). *Finding a Voice?. Do literary forms work\r creatively in teaching poetry writing?\r. Cambridge Journal of Education, 37(3), 441-457.
Wilson, A.C. (2005). *The best forms in the best order? Current poetry writing pedagogy at KS2. English in Education, 39(3), 19-31.
Wilson, A.C. (2005). *‘Signs of Progress': Reconceptualising response to children's poetry writing.\r. Changing English, 12(2), 227-242.
Wilson, A.C. (2001). Brownjohn,Hughes,Pirrie and Rosen:What Rhymes with Oral Writing?. English in Education, 35(2), 3-11.
Wilson, A.C. (2001). Children Poetry and Thinking. Teaching Thinking, 4, 8-10.
Wilson, A.C. (2001). Ted Hughes's Poetry for Children. Children's Literature in Education, 32(2), 77-90.

Chapters

Wilson AC (2014). A Pedagogy of Permission. In Dymoke S, Barrs M, Lambirth A, Wilson A (Eds.) Making Poetry Happen: Transforming the Poetry Classroom, London: Bloomsbury, 203-208.
Wilson AC (2009). Creativity and Constraint: Developing as a Writer of Poetry. In Beard, R, Myhill, D, Nystrand, M, Riley, J (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Writing Development, Sage, 387-401.  Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson, A.C. (2005). Poetry, Children and Creativity. In Wilson AC (Ed) Creativity in Primary Education, Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd, 70-87.
Wilson, A.C. (2002). Using poetry to discuss issues of identity, language and loss, and for text level work. In Holden CE (Ed) Education for Citizenship: Ideas into Action. A practical guide for teachers of pupils aged 7-14, London: Routledge/Falmer, 42-44.
Wilson, A.C. (2002). ‘'Anything you want it to be’: Reading and Writing Poetry’. In Bearne E (Ed) Making Progress in Writing, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 108-109.

Conferences

Wilson A (2015). Thinking allowed? Facilitating high-level thinking about grammar in the writing classroom. 16th Biennial EARLI Conference on Learning and Instruction. 25th - 29th Aug 2015. Abstract.
Wilson AC (2009). Development in the Writing of Poetry. Development in the Writing of Poetry. 2nd - 3rd Jul 2009. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (2009). Poetry Writing as Cognitive and Affective Action: Teachers’ Views of Children’s Thinking. EARLI: Fostering Communities of Learners. 25th - 29th Aug 2009. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (2009). ‘A joyous lifeline in a target driven job’: teachers’ metaphors for poetry writing pedagogy. UKLA: Making Connections: Building literate communities in and beyond the classroom. 10th - 12th Jul 2009. Abstract.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Wilson AC (In Press). Teachers’ conceptualisations of the intuitive and the intentional in poetry composition. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 9(3), 53-74. Full text.
Myhill DA, Jones SM, Wilson AC (In Press). WRITING CONVERSATIONS: FOSTERING METALINGUISTIC DISCUSSION ABOUT WRITING. Research Papers in Education Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Wilson AC, Dymoke S (2017). Towards a model of poetry writing development as a socially contextualised process. Journal of Writing Research, 9, No. 2, 127-150. Full text.

2015

Wilson A (2015). Thinking allowed? Facilitating high-level thinking about grammar in the writing classroom. 16th Biennial EARLI Conference on Learning and Instruction. 25th - 29th Aug 2015. Abstract.

2014

Wilson AC (2014). A Pedagogy of Permission. In Dymoke S, Barrs M, Lambirth A, Wilson A (Eds.) Making Poetry Happen: Transforming the Poetry Classroom, London: Bloomsbury, 203-208.
Dymoke S, Barrs M, Lambirth A, Wilson A (2014). Making Poetry Happen Transforming the Poetry Classroom., Bloomsbury Publishing. Abstract.

2013

Wilson AC, Dymoke S, Lambirth A, Cremin T, Collins F, Matthewman S, Barrs M, Styles M, Myhill D, Kelly A, et al (eds)(2013). Making Poetry Matter: International Research on Poetry Pedagogy. London, Continuum. Abstract.
Myhill DA, Wilson AC (2013). Playing it Safe: teachers’ views of creativity in poetry writing. Thinking Skills and Creativity, 10, 101-111.
Wilson AC, Wilson AC (2013). ‘A joyous lifeline in a target driven job’: teachers’ metaphors of teaching poetry writing. Cambridge Journal of Education Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Wilson AC (2012). Love for Now. Exeter, Impress Books. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (2012). Riddance. Tonbridge, Worple Press. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC, Myhill DA (2012). Ways with Words:. Teachers’ Personal Epistemologies of the Role of Metalanguage in the Teaching of Poetry Writing. Language and Education, 26(6), 553-568. Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Wilson AC (2009). Creativity and Constraint: Developing as a Writer of Poetry. In Beard, R, Myhill, D, Nystrand, M, Riley, J (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Writing Development, Sage, 387-401.  Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (eds)(2009). Creativity in Primary Education. Exeter, Learning Matters. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (2009). Development in the Writing of Poetry. Development in the Writing of Poetry. 2nd - 3rd Jul 2009. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (2009). Poetry Writing as Cognitive and Affective Action: Teachers’ Views of Children’s Thinking. EARLI: Fostering Communities of Learners. 25th - 29th Aug 2009. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wilson AC (2009). ‘A joyous lifeline in a target driven job’: teachers’ metaphors for poetry writing pedagogy. UKLA: Making Connections: Building literate communities in and beyond the classroom. 10th - 12th Jul 2009. Abstract.  Author URL.

2007

Wilson, A.C. (2007). *Finding a Voice?. Do literary forms work\r creatively in teaching poetry writing?\r. Cambridge Journal of Education, 37(3), 441-457.
Wilson AC (2007). The Year of Drinking Water (2007). Exeter, Exeter Leukaemia Fund. Abstract.  Author URL.

2006

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

2005

Wilson, A.C. (2005). *The best forms in the best order? Current poetry writing pedagogy at KS2. English in Education, 39(3), 19-31.
Wilson, A.C. (2005). *‘Signs of Progress': Reconceptualising response to children's poetry writing.\r. Changing English, 12(2), 227-242.
Wilson, A.C. (2005). Creativity in Primary Education.  Exeter, Learning Matters Ltd.
Wilson, A.C. (2005). Poetry, Children and Creativity. In Wilson AC (Ed) Creativity in Primary Education, Exeter: Learning Matters Ltd, 70-87.

2002

Wilson, A.C. (2002). Nowhere Better Than This. Tonbridge, Worple Press.
Wilson, A.C. (2002). Using poetry to discuss issues of identity, language and loss, and for text level work. In Holden CE (Ed) Education for Citizenship: Ideas into Action. A practical guide for teachers of pupils aged 7-14, London: Routledge/Falmer, 42-44.
Wilson, A.C. (2002). ‘'Anything you want it to be’: Reading and Writing Poetry’. In Bearne E (Ed) Making Progress in Writing, Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 108-109.

2001

Wilson, A.C. (2001). Brownjohn,Hughes,Pirrie and Rosen:What Rhymes with Oral Writing?. English in Education, 35(2), 3-11.
Wilson, A.C. (2001). Children Poetry and Thinking. Teaching Thinking, 4, 8-10.
Wilson, A.C. (2001). Ted Hughes's Poetry for Children. Children's Literature in Education, 32(2), 77-90.
Wilson, A.C. (2001). ‘You made them believe they were authors’: my visit to the Butts’, Writing Together Conference Report. , 10-11.

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Teaching

I was nominated to represent Exeter University’s College of Social Sciences and International Studies at Research Uncovered in January 2017. You can watch a video of my lecture here.

I teach on the following programmes:

PGCE Primary English
PGCE Primary English Specialism
PGCE Primary Educational and Professional Studies

MA Writing: The Future

MA Reading the World

PGR: Supervisor
I currently supervise four doctoral students:

  • An Evaluative Study of Teaching Practice in the English Teacher Training Program at Rustaq College of Applied Sciences, Oman.
  • Improving children's oracy skills: the dialogic effect of a philosophy intervention in primary schools.
  • The Teaching of Writing to Early Writers: A Comparative Study of Multimodal Classroom Practices amongst Teachers in Malaysia and England.
  • Teachers' perceptions of professional identity in UAE.

My previous PhD students included the following topics:

  • 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?

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. 

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

 

I am interested in how far teachers perceive their practice to be 'creative'; and in the notions of creativity they believe in.  I am also interested in exploring how far creativity can be modelled to children by teachers and what such practice might look like.

Modules

2018/19


Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Caroline Emeka-Ogbonna
  • Sara Mills

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