Pamela Johnson has published novels, short stories, poems, non-fiction and journalism. Her third novel, Taking In Water, received an Arts Council Writers' Award and is published by Blue Door Press. She is currently working on her fourth novel and a collection of poems, This Is Not About The Fish.
For over ten years she has devised and run writing workshops in a range of contexts - schools, U3A, residential courses for The Arvon Foundation - and is currently Associate Tutor on the MA in Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths, University of London, where she teaches the fiction option.
Formerly editor of the Crafts Council's magazine, Crafts, she has previously worked as an independent critic, curator and lecturer on contemporary visual art. Her essays, articles and reviews on contemporary visual art and craft have appeared in journals, broadsheets and gallery publications. She has curated national touring exhibitions and reviewed for Radio 4's Kaleidoscope and Front Row.
Selected Publications & Projects
Taking In Water - Blue Door Press, 2016.
Deep Blue Silence, Sceptre, 2000/01
Under Construction, Sceptre, 1998/9
In Woman's Own, The Sunday Express and in the anthologies:
The Dreaming Paintbrush, 2005
Pool 2: New Fiction, Ed. Tobias Hill, 2003
Teaching a Chicken To Swim, Seren, 2000
Poems published in the magazines POEM, The Fenland Reed, Magma, Smiths Knoll, Scratch, Staple, Writing Women and in the anthologies:
Lookout, Lookout Editions, 2016
Reaching Out, Cinnamon Press, 2013
Newspaper Taxis, Seren, 2013
Octopus, Templar, 2012
The Captain's Tower, Seren, 2011
Hand Luggage Only, International Sonnet Competition, 2008
Buzz, Templar, 2008
Wading Through Deep Water, Coychurch Press, 2001
Things We Said Today, Stride, 1995
Riding Pillion, Smith/Doorstop, 1994
Reviewing/Critical Writing - Visual Arts
Exhibition catalogue essays for public and private galleries in London and nationally. Articles and reviews for arts publications, The Guardian and The Observer.
Radio: Reviewing for BBC Radio 4's Kaleidoscope and Front Row; arts contributions for BBC Radio 5 Live; BBC Radio Scotland.
Visual Arts Projects
Curator of national touring exhibitions with publications:
Surfacing, retrospective of internationally respected, East Anglia based artist, Polly Binns, 2002-2005
Textures of Memory: the poetics of cloth, group show, studied the way artists in a variety of media - installation, photography, painting, digital - explore the visual language of cloth, 1999-2000
Bodyscape: Caroline Broadhead, retrospective of internationally respected, Jerwood Prize winning artist Caroline Broadhead,1998/9
Under Construction: exploring process in contemporary textiles, Crafts Council, 1996
Contemporary Art Society: advisor to special collections scheme, 1999 - 2003
Jerwood Foundation: chair of the judges for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize 2002: Textiles
BBC Television: advisor to three series of the schools art programme, The Art, 1994, 1996/97, 2003
Teaching Creative Writing
2002 - present: Goldsmiths, University of London, Associate Tutor, MA in Creative and Life Writing, Department of English and Comparative Literature. Devised the Fiction Option.
2003-2006: University of East Anglia, external examiner, undergraduate creative writing.
1995 - 2006: Goldsmiths, Department of Visual Art, devised and ran creative writing workshops for visual artists.
Other teaching includes: visiting writer sessions at, University of Glamorgan, MPhil in Writing, Liverpool John Moores University, MA in Imaginative Writing; residential courses for the Arvon Foundation; regular guest tutor, Haringey writers' group, Word4Word.
Readings and Public Speaking
Fiction and poetry readings at festivals, venues and bookshops including: Dartington Literature Festival, Chester Literature Festival, Spit-Lit, Derwent Poetry Festival, Muswell Hill Bookshop, Stoke Newington Bookshop, The Troubadour. Public gallery talks and visual arts conferences.
2003 Arts Council Writers' Award
2003 Writing Residency, London Borough of Haringey, LAB funded
1997/1998 EAB/UEA Fellowship in Critical Writing [Visual Art]
Society of Authors
The English Centre of International P.E.N
National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)