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Gillian Wills

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Full name Gillian Wills
Country Australia
Primary language English
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" Gillian Wills' article on the Brisbane performance of Havergal Brian's Gothic Symphony was a real highlight of our December issue. Not only did it give a thorough historical background of the piece, but it also contained wise interviews with Brian experts from around the world, as well as quotes from the musicians involved in the concert – a real masterclass in research, structure and long-form feature style. " Francis Merson, Editor, LIMELIGHT " Thank you so much for getting your reviews to us so efficiently each day. As well as having such an authoritative voice covering the Australian Festival of Chamber Music here in Townsville, it was great to see the reviews appear in a timely manner, and I'm sure everyone who saw the concerts appreciated your efforts. " Ann Roebuck, NQN Editorial Manager "Gillian Wills has been a contributor to The Courier Mail’s books and arts pages for many years now. In the year I have worked with her, I have found her work to be well thought-out and well-written. She brings with her a thorough knowledge of the topic she is writing about. She never misses a deadline, is easy to work with, and professional through and through." Madeline Healy, Deputy features editor and books editor, The Courier Mail "The variety of experience that Gillian Wills brings to her writing enlivens our publication and thrills our readers, as a side benefit Gillian is a delight to work with." George Chapman, Brisbane Arts Guide: artsguide.com.au "Gillian came to us through her personal and heart warming story of ex-race horse Elvis. Since then she has continued to be part of our numerous publications and is especially talented in finding the ‘heart beat’ of which ever subject it is she has put her mind to writing about. I found her ‘Bangalow’ travel feature to be especially high-quality and published it in two of our magazines. Gillian is always on time, professional, and a pleasure to work with." Holly Richardson, Managing Editor, Australian Publishing Resource Service "I have commissioned Gillian Wills to write articles and reviews for the Arts section of The Courier Mail on a regular basis over the past year. She is one of my most reliable and efficient contributors, and writes engaging stories that demonstrate a depth of knowledge in the areas of classical music, theatre, opera and musicals." Suzanna Clarke, The Arts Editor, The Courier Mail We need more writers like Gillian Wills, people with experience, energy and talent and, most importantly, critical curiosity, who can keep the discussions about art and culture lively in this country. She is one of the most generous cultural critics I've worked with, and she's good at it, too. Rosemary Sorensen, Senior Arts Writer, The Australian Gillian Wills has been a regular and very welcome contributor to the books pages of The Courier-Mail for many years, three of them under my watch as editor. She is particularly good when writing about her special areas of interest, but has demonstrated that she can handle anything thrown her way. Gillian is a prompt, thorough and engaging writer who always meets deadlines. She’s also very pleasant to work with. Nicholas Bray, Books Editor Gillian has initiated and provided several well-written, interesting profiles of women in business for our magazine: always on time and professional. Bev Ryan, Editor, Honestly Woman

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Radio
Last updated 02-06-2016 00:03

Biography

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I am an experienced, well respected and popular arts writer based in Queensland. I write across a broad spectrum of arts subjects and for the style of publication. I produce engaging copy, meet deadlines and word lengths and I am told that I am good to work with and that minimal if any editorial changes are necessary.

Review Testimonials below

Gillian Wills has been a contributor to The Courier Mail’s books and arts pages for many years now. In the year I have worked with her, I have found her work to be well thought-out and well-written. She brings with her a thorough knowledge of the topic she is writing about. She never misses a deadline, is easy to work with, and professional through and through.

Madeline Healy
Editor ETC Weekend Arts Supplement The Courier Mail


"The variety of experience that Gillian Wills brings to her writing enlivens our publication and thrills our readers, as a side benefit Gillian is a delight to work with."

George Chapman, Brisbane Arts Guide: artsguide.com.au

"Gillian came to us through her personal and heart warming story of ex-race horse Elvis. Since then she has continued to be part of our numerous publications and is especially talented in finding the ‘heart beat’ of which ever subject it is she has put her mind to writing about. I found her ‘Bangalow’ travel feature to be especially high-quality and published it in two of our magazines. Gillian is always on time, professional, and a pleasure to work with."

Holly Richardson, Managing Editor, Australian Publishing Resource Service

"I have commissioned Gillian Wills to write articles and reviews for the Arts section of The Courier Mail on a regular basis over the past year. She is one of my most reliable and efficient contributors, and writes engaging stories that demonstrate a depth of knowledge in the areas of classical music, theatre, opera and musicals."

Suzanna Clarke, The Arts Editor, The Courier Mail

We need more writers like Gillian Wills, people with experience, energy and talent and, most importantly, critical curiosity, who can keep the discussions about art and culture lively in this country. She is one of the most generous cultural critics I've worked with, and she's good at it, too.

Rosemary Sorensen, Senior Arts Writer, The Australian

Gillian Wills has been a regular and very welcome contributor to the books pages of The Courier-Mail for many years, three of them under my watch as editor. She is particularly good when writing about her special areas of interest, but has demonstrated that she can handle anything thrown her way. Gillian is a prompt, thorough and engaging writer who always meets deadlines. She’s also very pleasant to work with.

Nicholas Bray, Books Editor

Gillian has initiated and provided several well-written, interesting profiles of women in business for our magazine: always on time and professional.

Bev Ryan, Editor, Honestly Woman
"Gillian came to us through her personal and heart warming story of ex-race horse Elvis. Since then she has continued to be part of our numerous publications and is especially talented in finding the ‘heart beat’ of which ever subject it is she has put her mind to writing about. I found her ‘Bangalow’ travel feature to be especially high-quality and published it in two of our magazines. Gillian is always on time, professional, and a pleasure to work with."

Holly Richardson, Managing Editor, Australian Publishing Resource Service

When classical radio station 4MBS initiated a regular review program (Reviews and Previews) in 2007, we invited Gillian Wills to be a contributor from the outset and she was an excellent contributor of topical concert and book reviews which were presented live in the studio or sometimes by telephone link. Gillian also conducted interviews with musical personalities and her contributions to the program were a great asset during the seven months in which she was a contributor.

Richard Austin, for Reviews and Previews, 4MBS, Brisbane
'It's always a pleasure to publish a new piece by Gillian - a conductor interview or a concert or festival review - because her work is professional, well-crafted and thought-provoking.'

Keith Bramich, Technical Editor, Music & Vision Magazine

Gillian Wills has written a number of articles for the Music Council of Australia's journal, Music Forum. She is lucid, has broad interests, meets deadlines and is generous and helpful in our dealings.

Richard Letts, Editor, Music Forum

Gillian Wills is a music educator whose writing reveals her deep knowledge of a broad range of issues pertinent to those working in the field. Recent articles for Music in Action magazine have covered a diverse range of topics, contributing significantly to current debates in music education.

Ann Blore, Editor, Music in Action


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