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...

  • In the spring of 2016, I joined the team at Elderflower Fields Festival, to curate and compere the new spoken word section of their programming.  This was such a fantastic success that we're back even bigger and better in 2017! Check out the kids' poetry workshops from 15.00-16.00 on Sat 27th May and 14.00-16.00 on Sun 28th May, and the family-friendly spoken word performances on Fri and Sat evenings 18.00-20.00, You can find out more about this lovely family festival here.
  • Applications to perform on Glastonbury Festival's poetry stage, Poetry&Words, have now closed, and all acts have been booked for this year.  Keep an eye on our blog for announcements about this year's awesome line-up from our blogger, Erin Fornoff.  
  • 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.  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 their lived experiences.  The research was carried out in collaboration with Prof Claudia Mitchell (Head of McGill University's Participatory Cultures Lab), and was funded by the National Centre for Research Methods and The University of Brighton.  The 'research collective' produced a poetry chapbook ('You Kind of Have to Listen to Me'), which you can order for £7 plus postage and packaging via e-mail.  You can also read more about the discrimination pilot study here.
  • Various video materials exploring the development of the 'collaborative poetics' method are now available online.  Click these links for: a slide capture/audio recording of a talk on the 'Researching Discrimination through Poetry' pilot - here; a short interview with the NCRM about the research and 'collaborative poetics' method - here; an introduction to the method from a 'collaborative poetics' workshop - here; and a reflective video created by one of my co-researchers, Xander - 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 22.05.17.