Readings

2017

March

Reading at Poetry and a Pint, St James Wine Vaults, Bath
with June Hall

2016

October

Reading at Torbay Poetry Festival

2015

September

Guest poet at ‘Words & Ears’ at The Swan Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon

May

Guest poet at Bristol Can Openers

2014

February

Reading at Painswick Quaker Meeting House

2014

November

Reading at Prema Arts Centre to launch pamphlet Unmapped, with Alicia Stubbersfield and Sam Willetts

Emily Wills reading at Prema

Emily Wills reading at launch of Unmapped

October

Reading at the launch of The Book of Love and Loss, edited by June Hall and Rosie Bailey, in Bath

Reading at Bath Poetry Can

August

Reading to launch A Speaking Silence anthology of contemporary Quaker poets, with Clare Wigzell and other poets at Marazion Meeting House.

April

Reading with the Cherington Poets at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.

2013

November

Reading at the Spoken Word Night at The Frog and Fiddle Cheltenham.

April

Reading at Cheltenham Poetry Festival with John Gallas.

Reading at Wotton Arts Festival with Peter Wyton.

2012

October

Reading at the 2012 Manchester Poetry Prize gala prizewinning ceremony at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, as one of 6 shortlisted poets.

Reading at Star Anise Arts Café, Stroud
with Alicia Stubbersfield, Sam Willetts, John Nichol and Philip Rush.

July

Reading at Penzance Literary Festival.

2011

July

Poetry reading with Moira Andrew, Wes Magee and Angela Stoner at Penzance Literary Festival.

May

Guest poet with Ware Poets, Ware Arts Centre, Herts.

January

Reading at Bath Poetry Café with Stephen Payne and Linda Chase.

2010

October

‘Poetry among the Paintings’
A collaboration with Marianne Hellwig John, Terry Cripps and other artists.
Part of the exhibition ‘Crossings’ at The Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud

To hear ‘Unpacking After Crete’ click here

July

Reading with Oxfam Bookfest at Oxfam Bookshop, Bath

June

Reading with June Hall at POETRY & A PINT
St James Wine Vaults, Bath

January

Reading at The Troubadour with Marianne Burton, Robert Etty, David Healey, Christopher James, Esther Morgan, Catherine Ormell and Stephen Payne.
Event introduced by Smiths Knoll editors Michael Laskey and Joanna Cutts.

2009

October

Reading at The Wordsworth Trust Grasmere, Cumbria
with Michael Mackmin, David Constantine and Sasha Dugdale.
This was part of the Resolution and Independence series of independent poetry publishing events.

October

Guest poet at Pure & Good & Right: Poetry & Pints in Leamington Spa.

April

Nailsworth Festival Reading with Peter Wyton

“The evening was a success and Peter and Emily created a really good atmosphere.”

Nailsworth Festival Organiser

Sunday 29 March 2009 on Radio 4

'The Recipe for Marmalade' from Developing the Negative was read on Radio 4 during an edition of Something Understood entitled 'Feast and Famine' presented by Irma Kurtz.

March

Bath Festival Café
Reading with Peter Wyton, Rose Flint, Greta Stoddart, and Bath Spa MA poets

February

Coffee House Poetry at The Troubadour, London

Rialto reading with Gillian Allnutt, Sue Boyle, Richard Lambert,
Lydia Macpherson, Lorraine Mariner, Neil Rollinson, and Rosie Shepperd.

2008

November

'The Rialto at The Poetry Café' in Bath

Reading with Richard Lambert, Sue Boyle, Rose Flint, Michael Swan
and Frances Ann King,
and launch of Developing the Negative

November

Reading at John Moores University, Liverpool

Reading with Michael Mackmin, Dean Parkin and Creative Writing Students

September

Reading at Bath Poetry Can

July

Reading at Ledbury Poetry Festival “Poetry Breakfast” with Peter Wyton the Gloucestershire Poet Laureate.

“You've got your two sets of poems beautifully integrated. I think audiences always respect and respond to (your) meticulous preparation.”

Alison Brackenbury

April

Reading and judging of Nailsworth Poetry Competition with Peter Wyton, Nailsworth Gloucestershire

“Wills and Wyton are like Gilbert and Sullivan — an immensely enjoyable combination of talents that leave you entertained, informed, surprised and often deeply moved. These are experienced poetic observers, alert to the comedy and the pathos in everyday life, sharpening our awareness, shaking us out of our complacency. Quite different from each other in style and presentation, together they lead us through a wide range of experience, domestic and universal, past and present. Compassionate, entertaining, wise and witty, they’re a double act not to be missed.”

U A Fanthorpe

“Peter and Emily's work was stimulating, provoking and amusing often all at once, and we thank you all for such a great contribution to our festival.”

Nailsworth Festival Organiser

March

Bath Poetry Café

“I especially liked the understated elegance and warm humanity of Emily Wills, whose second anthology is due out soon.”

Crysse Morrison

2007

Guest poet at Bath Poetry Can, with June Hall

Guest poet at Buzzwords, the Beehive, Cheltenham
Under the Edge Arts with Peter Wyton

2006

Magma reading at The Troubadour
Under the Edge poetry slam (semi-finalist)

2005

Under the Edge Arts with Anthony Thwaite
Bath Poetry Can

2004

Under the Edge Arts with UA Fanthorpe and Ann Drysdale
Stroud Arts Festival with flautist Jonathan Morgan

2003

Ledbury Poetry Festival
Cley Little Poetry Festival
Bath Poetry Can

2002

Stroud, Global Ceasefire Day
Coffee House Poetry at The Troubadour, London.
Stroud Arts Festival ‘Sestina’ reading with five other local poets

Emily Wills reading at Stroud

Emily Wills reading with Marianne Hedwig-John and Peter Wyton


2001

Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
Poetry at the YHA, Bristol

2000

Bath Poetry Can