You have reached the online home of Helen Johnson.  I am a poet/researcher available for research consultancy work, project evaluation, poetry performances, event organisation, public speaking, performance poetry workshops (adults and children), and Psychology tutoring.  To explore my various social scientific, educational and artistic dimensions please click on one of the tabs above.  Alternatively, for two-way interaction, please e-mail me.

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Photo by Bohdan Piasecki (2011)

I am a poet and an academic, which means that I not only live in an ivory tower, but can describe it, using vivid imagery and interesting metaphors...

  • Applications to perform on Glastonbury Festival's poetry stage, Poetry&Words, have now opened.  They will remain open until 17.00 on Friday 3rd March 2017.  For more information, click here.
  • In July and August 2016, I worked with a group of fantastic young spoken word artists in Montreal, using poetry to explore and elucidate our personal experiences of discrimination (and privilege).  This study is part of a project to develop a method of collaborative poetics - a participatory method in which social scientists and poets work together to explore/elucidate personal experiences of social scientific relevance.  The research was carried out in collaboration with Professor Claudia Mitchell (Head of McGill University's Participatory Cultures Lab), and was funded by an International Visiting Exchange Scheme grant from the National Centre for Research Methods and The University of Brighton's Research Development Fund.  The initial outputs from this research were a spoken word show ('The Struggle Is Real') and a chapbook ('You Kind of Have to Listen to Me') showcasing a series of poetic autoethnographies.  You can order the chapbook for £7 plus postage and packaging via e-mail and read more about the discrimination pilot study here.
  • On 14th November 2016, I gave a talk at the University of Brighton, discussing both my research using poetry to explore discrimination and the collaborative poetics method which was developed from this research.  The talk was recorded and is available to watch here.
  • I will be facilitating a workshop on  collaborative arts-based research at the University of Brighton on Thursday 13th April 2017.  This is the second run of the workshop, due to high levels of demand.  The workshop will focus on my work collaborating with spoken word artists, and is aimed at social scientists, poets and members of community organisations who are interested in finding ways of working together.  It is free for everyone, though participants will need to sign up  in advance, as places are limited.  I am also looking into ways in which participants can take part in this workshop remotely.  For more information or to book a place, please email: cupp at 
  • In the spring of 2016, I said goodbye to Larmer Tree Festival, and joined the Elderflower Fields team to curate the new spoken word section of their programming.  This was a fantastic success in 2016 and will be back even bigger and better for 2017! You can find out more about this lovely family festival here.
  • In 2015 I changed my name from Helen Gregory to Helen Johnson.  You will see references to both names here - and elsewhere in my professional life. 

View Helen Gregory's profile on LinkedIn  or click here to download a PDF copy of my curriculum vitae.

This site was last updated on 10.01.17.