Emily Wills — Poetry in Health


Concentration and Consideration: poetry at DDD14 published in Mortality

The Unmapped Geography of Breath blog post at 'Life of Breath' Wellcome project

Poems in Women's Voices in Psychiatry, edited by Gianetta Rands, published by OUP 2018

Body Language published in Lapidus Quarterly 2005

Workout with words published in The British Journal of General Practice 2004, a poetry project in a GP surgery

Doorways: Poems from May Lane Surgery published by May Lane Surgery, Dursley 2003

Residencies and workshops

Poetry workshops with Bristol GPs in training, as part of Arts and Humanities enrichment sessions, March 2021.

Feedback from participants:

'My initial thoughts were negative, as I'm definitely not artsy. I don't read poetry. But I really enjoyed going through the poems and even wrote one myself, which I found really interesting.’

'Eye-opening, poetry has never been on my radar but I wish to explore it more now.’

'Really really enjoyed this. Favourite session. Really enjoyed the chat in groups about the poems and reflecting on them and absolutely LOVED the automatic writing exercise - think I'll give this a go some time when I need to let off steam. Would actually work really well as a 3 min exercise at lunchtime after a busy morning clinic.'

Poet in Residence, International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal, University of Bath 2019

Poet in residence at Gloucester Crematorium 2018, as part of the ‘Written in Stone’ collaborative project with Su Chard, Independent Funeral Celebrant

Workshop and reading at the Society of Medical Writers conference, Isle of Man 2014

Workshop for staff and patients at Cotswold Care Hospice 2006

Empathy with Wordpower workshop for Gloucester GPs in training 2011

Workout with Words: a poetry project in a GP surgery 2002