Emily Wills Poetry

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As a poet and retired GP, I’m interested in the overlap between poetry and medicine, and how they inform each other. I’m encouraged by the recognition of the importance of the arts in healthcare, and especially by the recent integration of the humanities into medical training.

My poetry has been widely published, and I enjoy facilitating workshops, especially for people who don’t think they can write, or even like, poetry. I’ve done workshops and residences in various arts and health care settings, and used poems and reflective writing to teach GPs in training.

As part of a collaborative project, I worked as a poet at Gloucester crematorium and cemetery, and this led to the opportunity of being poet in residence at the International Conference on Death, Dying and Disposal. (I gather there has been much debate about the third ‘D’ but no-one as yet has come up with anything better.) These experiences, in addition to my experience of working in health care, continue to feed into my current writing.

Current projects, publications, events

My sequence After The Birds has been set to music by Lydia Kenny and premiered at Slimbridge Church, Gloucestershire on February 4th 2024, with Lydia Kenny, narrator and saxophone and Jonathan Musgrove on keyboard.

After the Birds, music by Lydia Kenny, words by Emily Wills

Two poems in Rialto 101.

Two poems forthcoming in The North 70.

Political Thinking from St Hilary Veg Stall will be published in Magma 90 ‘Grassroots’.

My next collection, The Overview Effect, is forthcoming from Pindrop Press in 2025.

Please contact me to discuss projects, collaborations, workshops, teaching, readings etc.