Recommendations


Recommendations

During my ten years as director of the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Jackie Wills was our most memorably successful Poet in Residence. Working with children of all ages in mainstream and special schools and with a range of adult groups, she was brilliant - always thoroughly prepared and flexible, both challenging and warmly encouraging. 
Michael Laskey, poet

Jackie Wills mentored me for a year and not only did I thoroughly enjoy every session, but I learnt a great deal about all aspects of writing.  Jackie was a fun, engaging, kind and supportive mentor, full of ideas to get past the blank first page and tap into what I wanted to write.  She is a great editor, encouraging me to be more ruthless in removing wasteful words to get great impact.  I still notice the impact of our sessions several years later, on both my personal and professional writing. 

Katherine Mellor, Arts Director, Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity

Having Jackie as a poet in residence reminded us what it's like to be creative.  Her presence also compelled us to address half-glimpsed opportunities and turn them into dynamic projects.  Doing this project has categorically changed some people's lives. 

Alastair Creamer, Producer, Catalyst, Lever Faberge (Unilever)

I have had the opportunity to work with Jackie on a wide range of projects over the last four years. In 2010 I collaborated with Jackie on the extraordinary task of re-writing all the brand copy for tea and coffee company Whittard. This was central to a two-year re-branding process that she was an integral part of. Jackie was a fantastic writing partner and mentor. Together we developed a writing style for the brand. This informed the general copy – for example a piece on the brand’s history, as well as the copy for over 200 types of tea and coffee – no mean feat! Jackie’s combination of skill, creativity and experience was invaluable to this project.  Despite the constraints of word counts and regulations, she ensured we did not loose the creative style of the copy. She acted as a critical eye on the work I undertook after our initial collaboration helping to define and polish stories where every word had to count. The final copy was a great success and a real illustration of the benefit of having an established creative writer as part of the team. I hope to have another opportunity to work with Jackie on such an extensive and interesting project. 

Sophia Hill, Producer, Creamer & Lloyd, London