About Brian Johnstone

Brian_JohnstoneBrian Johnstone is a Scottish poet, born in Edinburgh in 1950. He lives in Fife with his wife, the artist Jean Johnstone. Working as a primary school teacher for over twenty years, Johnstone began work as a freelance events organiser in the 1990s. In 1991 he founded Edinburgh’s Shore Poets, and ran Cave Readings for the Pittenweem Arts Festival from 1995-99. Leaving primary teaching in 1997, he went on to teach creative writing for a number of institutions, including the University of St Andrews Centre for Continuing Education and the Open College of the Arts. In 1998 he co-founded StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, for which he worked as director from 2000-2010, and of which he is now an honorary president. He has published three full collections of poetry, The Lizard Silence, The Book of Belongings and Dry Stone Work, as well as a number of chapbooks. His poetry has been recognised with numerous grants and awards, including the Writers’ Bureau Prize, the Mallard Prize, a prize in the National Poetry Competition, and several Scottish Arts Council and Creative Scotland Grants. His work has been translated into over a dozen languages and he has appeared at a wide range of international poetry festivals in Europe and North America.

Read more about Brian Johnstone and hear him read his poem “Early Photographs of Historic Towns


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