Will was born in London and raised in Buckinghamshire. He didn’t finish his English degree, choosing instead to start an ill-fated band with his brother. He has worked in factories, cleaning windows, painting houses and the best record shop on earth. He likes sports and ornithology and is proud to be Poet-In-Residence at Caught By The River and Festival No.6. His poems have been published by Structo Magazine, South Bank Poetry, Illustrated Ape and the Independent Online, and he has read them live at the Glastonbury, Port Eliot, End of the Road and Green Man Festivals as well as various indoor venues around the country. He was named as one of the four Faber & Faber New Poets for 2014 and the accompanying pamphlet of his work was published that year. Funded by Arts Council England, Faber New Poets aims to identify and support emerging talents at an early stage in their careers. 

“However slight and deceptively simple Burns’s poetry may appear, those who drink deep will be rewarded by its quiet intelligence and subtle ways of seeing.” – The Guardian