Brian Johnstone

Brian Johnstone is a Scottish poet born in Edinburgh in 1950. He now lives on the edge of The East Neuk of Fife with his wife, the artist Jean Johnstone. Returning to writing in the late 1980s, he has since published five collections of verse, and developed a range of cross-media collaborations. A primary school teacher from 1975-1997, he went on to teach poetry writing evening classes for The University of St Andrews Centre for Continuing Education and correspondence courses in creative writing for the Open College of the Arts. In 1991 Brian Johnstone was a founder of Edinburgh's Shore Poets and in 1998 he co-founded StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival in St Andrews, since when the festival has grown to become one of Europe's principal poetry events. He was appointed Festival Director of StAnza in 2001, a post he held for ten years, and as a freelance literary events organiser has organised readings for the Pittenweem Arts Festival, the Word's Out! Festival, Perth and others. He is also a regular event chair at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.