Woody River is a qualified teacher with sixteen years of experience teaching literature, language, creative writing and academic writing. She has worked within secondary, further, higher and community education, as well as providing small group and 1-1 tutoring. With a vast knowledge of British and international literature across different genres and forms, Woody can help English departments diversify their curriculums to deepen student engagement and inspire creativity.
Woody has a First Class BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing; following this, she obtained a Masters in Creative Writing with English Literature, for which she was awarded a Distinction. A passionate educator, she is highly skilled at researching and designing programmes of study to engage school students and adults in face-to-face or online delivery. Having taught students from over fifty countries, Woody has a specific interest in helping schools and students to embrace worldwide literature in order to broaden understanding of, and appreciation for, global ideas, cultures and literary forms.
She has worked as an English Language, English Literature and History teacher in secondary schools in the UK, China, Togo and Hungary, teaching KS3, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level and the IB Diploma programme. Particularly skilled in helping to raise the attainment of students whose first language is not English, she has helped students to prepare for 11+, 13+, 16+ and IELTS examinations in order to attend British independent schools and universities. In addition, to her teaching, Woody has also been a head of department and coordinator of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, and was responsible for co-coordinating the Cambridge Assessment Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in its pilot year at her school in China. Reviews of her teaching by some of her past students and colleagues can be read
With a wide range of literature courses designed for adult education, Woody has taught for organisations across Somerset, Bristol and BANES, including Bristol City Council Adult Learning, Bath College, Dillington House, Worker's Educational Association (WEA), Frome Community Education (FCE), Clevedon Adult Study Association (CASA), Coleridge Cottage and the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath. Her courses celebrate the diversity of literature from around the world, encouraging students to consider texts within their historical, cultural, racial, geographical and literary contexts. Testimonials of her courses and adult teaching can be read
In addition to her work on books published by Taylor and Francis Ltd., she also co-ghost wrote and edited Poetic Form and Metre, which was published in the UK and US by Wooden Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury. Her articles on literary heritage and vegan / vegetarian issues have been published in a variety of magazines, and she has delivered a series of public lectures in Somerset and Bristol on the life and poetry of William Wordsworth.
A keen hiker, cyclist and canoeist, Woody is also a fully qualified Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Leader, Assessor and Supervisor. She enjoys spending her weekends outdoors in nature, alone or with friends. Woody has travelled widely in Asia, Africa, Europe, the USA and Cuba, exploring wild landscapes and learning about wildlife, traditional cultures and local cuisines. With a particular interest in gibbons and langurs, she has volunteered at wildlife sanctuaries in Laos and Java, as well as Bristol Zoo.