Workshops and employment

Group poem by The Grange for The Apple Project

"This session was inspiring and enjoyable, thanks to Jackie’s open and passionate approach. Many people commented on appreciating the time to reflect and spending some time in a quiet environment. Others were surprised by what they had written and the quality of this writing. Some examined the permission aspect of writing and the fact that they hadn’t tapped into this style of writing for years, posing questions on why for many."  Unleashed - Unilever Leadership programme, 2006

By Lorenzo Barbieri
Here's a couple of images from the Apple Project at Wisley RHS Gardens, organised by Daisyfest. These booklets and visual poems were created by people living at The Grange. 

Projects for 2019 include an ongoing reading group for CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) in Sussex and working with Daisyfest, an arts organisation in Surrey. This project focuses on Wisley garden's apple orchards and I'll be running a series of writing workshops there. More information about The Apple Project here. 

From The Apple Project by Laura
In 2018 I ran a workshop for entrepreneurs in Bristol and a reading group for young people with mental health problems under the umbrella of the Royal Literary Fund. 

In March this year I joined Writing Project, a consultancy of former RLF Fellows working with charities and the public or private sector after a year of training on delivering workshops for business and entrepreneurs. I will be working alongside many talented writers offering a range of skills to people who want to sharpen the language they use.

In November 2015 I co-tutored the Aldeburgh 8 with Peter Sansom of The Poetry Business. It's an opportunity for poets who are starting to publish their work to spend a weekend at the Aldeburgh Festival and a week together in a rural retreat with the two of us. Peter's co-tutor for years has been Michael Laskey but he needed to take time off for his own writing. Michael set up the festival and must surely rank as one of the saints of British poetry for what he's done to enable others to take the stage time after time. Peter's another amazingly active advocate for new work through The North and The Poetry Business, as well as the workshops he runs in Sheffield and around the country. The scheme's run by The Poetry Trust. 

Creative writing workshops with adults and in business

Writing with patients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
in spring 2013 for a choreography project
with Rambert Dance
Read news items in The Guardian and in PR Week about my work in business. 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (GPs/students), Cardboard Citizens at St Mungo’s hostel, Earl’s Court, Barbican workshop for teachers, Marks & Spencer plc, Imberhorne School, INSET – East  Grinstead, Arts Council of England Enquire programme, The Writer, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 

Arts and Business south east: Creating Partnerships brochure

Eurotunnel (winner of Arts Business SE 2006 award for best use of the arts), Unilever/Lever Faberge (shortlisted for the 2007 Arts and Business Employee Awards), Surrey University, PPP Healthcare, Clifford Chance, West Sussex CC Museum curators, Common Purpose, Arts & Business SE, 

University of Sussex, University of Chichester creative writing students (MA), De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Mole Valley Poets, Slipstream Poets, Billingshurst, Arvon Foundation Devon & Somerset, Ty Newydd the National Writers' Centre of Wales.

Ty Newydd, The National Writers' Centre of Wales

Creative writing workshops with schools and young people

Gatton Park Education Trust, Surrey, Arts Council of England Enquire programme, Creative Partnerships, Adur Festival, Poetry Society (Poet in the City project), Poetry Trust (Aldeburgh Poetry festival outreach), East & West Sussex CC Gifted and Talented programme, East Brighton, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Peckham Education Action Zones

In March 2015 I worked with 240 pupils - the whole of year 7 -
at Seaford Head school in Sussex to produce poems based on photos
of local species. Each child had her or his own species and I used
metaphors and similes from poems by Ted Hughes as a model
for how they could describe their species. They ranged from
piddocks to dragonflies, the raven, badger and fox, to a rare bat
and an otter, from cuckoo spit to the bee orchid and lichens. 

A book of poems produced by Hackney Education Action Zone
in July 2002 after a Poetry Society project that placed three poets
in primary schools: Jackie Wills, Paul Lyalls and Anne Rouse.

Bethnal Green Technology College, East Sussex Young Carers, Horsham Festival, Chichester Festival Theatre, Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales.


Surrey Advertiser, Martyr Road, Guildford. Photo: Fred Pipes
• Royal Literary Fund Reading Round Lector at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, 2014-15
• Tutor for Creative Writing Programme, New Writing South, 2013-2015
• Literature assessor, Arts Council England
• Freelance writer/editor (including: Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2012-15, Allen and Overy international partners conference, Monaco 2012, London Business School)
• Royal Literary Fund Fellow, University of Sussex Sept 10-May 12
• Royal Literary Fund Fellow, University of Surrey Sept 09-May10
• Brand positioning, Whittard of Chelsea, 2009/10
• University of Chichester, associate lecturer, MA creative writing Oct-Dec 09
• University College, Falmouth, writer, history of the organisation (08-9)
• University College, Falmouth, copywriter, strategic policy (08)
• Copywriting/research, Creamer and Lloyd/Unilever/Arts Council of England (08)
• Copywriting/editing, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (08)
• Copywriting/editing, KPMG (08)
• Copywriting, Chartered Institute of Housing (08)
• Writing tutor in business, schools, community since 1999.

• Associate lecturer, Creative Writing, Open University, since Dec. 05
• Freelance copywriter/editor: WordWorks, Institute of Housing, Hub 100, Phoenix Fund, Oyster Healthcare, University of Cambridge
• External Examiner, Department of English and American Studies, The University of Manchester, 1999 – 2000.
• Researcher Channel 4 Programme support, 2002
• Columnist, Times Educational Supplement, September - December 2000.
• Features editor/writer for miscellaneous business and special interest magazines, including Local Government Chronicle, Draper’s Record, Retail Week, Times Educational Supplement, New Socialist June 1986 - June 1999.
• Highly Commended, Periodical Publishers Association Hill Samuel Writer of the Year (Business and Professional Magazines) May 1994.
• LOGIS Local Government Journalist of the Year (Journals) July 1991.
• LOGIS Local Government Feature Writer of the Year (Journals) July 1990.
• November 1985 - June 1986, reporter, INS News Agency, Reading.
• October 1978 - November 1985, reporter, Surrey Advertiser, Guildford.