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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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 June 2018, I will be hosting a Carnival of Invention, along with the Collaborative Poetics Network. This is an opportunity for academics from a range of disciplines, arts practitioners, and third sector/local government workers to share our skills, knowledge and resources around arts-based research and interventions. We are particularly interested in exploring work with a focus on social justice/action. You can find out more and read the call for submissions on our website.
- The September 2017 issue of the journal Forum: Qualitative Social Research features an article co-authored by me, about the development of a participatory arts-based research method, 'collaborative poetics.' The article compares this method to the more mainstream approach of thematic analysis, in the context of a study which explored participants' lived experiences and understandings of discrimination. The article is open access, and you can read it here.
- In 2016 I worked with a group of fantastic young spoken word artists, using poetry to explore and elucidate our personal experiences of discrimination. The research was carried out at 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 read more about the discrimination pilot study here and here and view the NCRM playlist about the 'collaborative poetics' method we developed 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.
or click here to download a PDF copy of my curriculum vitae.