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Between them, the writers in my two groups have have won prizes and published extensively, but what is infinitely engaging is leaning in to listen to someone reading a new poem.

Jackie Wills joins host Julia Copus to discuss two favourite classic poems, ‘How do I love thee?’ and ‘Grief', both by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in our ongoing 'Poetry Break' series.

Writing is itself a process of constant flux; it throws memory, the present, experiences, language and images into doubt, or presents them all as potential material.
This is reading as a meander and a different kind of immersion in a subject than the reading I do when I'm working on poems with a specific theme. I tend to read novels to relax or to be lost in a narrative.
Through Amado I sensed society could be more forgiving than life in Surrey. Tent of Miracles was my self-help book not something from the Mind and Body section. Armado's women are strong, and he loves them.

Jackie Wills speaks with Geoff Hattersley about her long collaboration with visual artist Jane Fordham, her self-directed apprenticeship in poetry, and the challenges of surviving the freelance life.