Helen Johnson lectures in social sciences with research interests in the study of creativity and a background in performance poetry.
She has organised poetry stages at Glastonbury and Larmer Tree Festivals and led NHS, Arts Council-funded project to promote personhood in dementia. Her work as a performance poet has informed her study of creative communities and educational practices.
Helen Johnson is a performance poet. She has performed her poetry for over ten years across the U.K., U.S., Canada and Japan. She also performs poetry-song fusions with singer-songwriter Benita Johnson, as part of the duo Yaffle. As well as writing and performing poetry, Helen comperes, programmes and manages poetry events. She has run the Poetry&Words stage at Glastonbury Festival since 2008 and programmed the Lyrical Lostwood line-up at Larmer Tree Festival since 2011.
Helen's scholarly interests are in the study of arts and creativity, and in performative social science (or arts-based) research. She has studied spoken word and poetry slam communities, educational applications of youth poetry slam, and arts-interventions in dementia care.
She is also interested in the construction of identity in different communities. Helen uses a range of research methods, but is particularly interested in qualitative methods such as interviewing, ethnography, thematic analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis. In recent years, she has begun to combine her research with poetry and visual arts, using art as a means of data collection, analysis and dissemination.
Private website: www.hgregory.co.uk
I hold a Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education in Teaching and Learning (passed with distinction) and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Throughout my career, I have sought to develop my teaching, learning support and assessment practice in line with the U.K. Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education.
I am particularly interested in applying active, student-centred learning approaches, which emphasise collaborative and interactive learning experiences. I teach topics across the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum particularly in Social and Applied Sciences, with foci including qualitative and quantitative research methods, psychology of creativity and the arts, cyberpsychology, critical addiction studies and the history of psychology. I also supervise student projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am interested in supervising PhD students in arts-based research (performative social science), social scientific theories and applications around creativity and the arts, arts interventions in dementia care and the arts in education.
Johnson, Helen, Macaulay-Rettino, Xander, Banderob, Simon, Lalani, Inara, Carson-Apstein, Emily and Blacher, Ellana (2018) A rose by any other name? Developing a method of collaborative poetics Qualitative Research in Psychology. ISSN 1478-0887
Johnson, Helen and Wimpenny, Katherine (2018) Collaborative Poetics Network: A Pilot Study Exploring the Potential of Collaborative, Arts-based Research In: 5th conference on arts-based research and artistic research, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, 13-15 March 2018.
Johnson, Helen, Carson-Apstein, Emily, Banderob, Simon and Macaulay-Rettino, Xander (2017) "You kind of have to listen to me": Researching discrimination through poetry Forum : Qualitative Social Research, 18 (3). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1438-5627
Johnson, Helen (2016) Exploring the Lived Experience of People with Dementia Through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis The Qualitative Report, 21 (4). pp. 695-711. ISSN 1052-0147
Joiner, Richard, Cuprinskaite, Justin, Dapkeviciute, Lina, Johnson, Helen, Gavin, Jeff and Brosnan, Mark (2016) Gender differences in response to Facebook status updates from same and opposite gender friends Computers in Human Behavior, 58. pp. 407-412. ISSN 0747-5632
Gregory, Helen (2015) Prospecting with the 'Poetry Pioneers': Youth Poetry Slam and the U.K.'s WordCup Liminalities, 10 (3-4). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1557-2935
Gregory, Helen (2014) ‘I will tell you something of my own': using the arts and science to explore life with dementia Journal of Dementia Care, 22 (2). pp. 16-17. ISSN 1351-8372
Gregory, Helen (2014) "I will tell you something of my own": Promoting personhood in dementia through performative social science Forum : Qualitative Social Research, 15 (3). ISSN 1438-5627
Johnson, Helen (2014) "I'm no different" The Psychologist, 27 (8). ISSN 0952-8229
Joiner, Richard, Stewart, Caroline, Beaney, Chelsea, Moon, Amy, Maras, Pam, Guiller, Jane, Gregory, Helen, Gavin, Jeff, Cromby, J. and Brosnan, Mark (2014) Publically different, privately the same: Gender differences in response to Facebook status updates Computers in Human Behavior, 39. pp. 165-169. ISSN 0747-5632
Cobain, D. (August 2, 2014) Interview with Helen Gregory, Organiser of Glastonbury Festival's Poetry&Words Tent. Available online here. [Radio appearance]
Gregory, H. (2014). "I'm No Different." The Psychologist, 27 (8): Centre page spread. [Article]
Gregory, H. (2014). "I Will Tell You Something of My Own" – Promoting Personhood in Dementia Through Performative Social Science. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15 (3): Art 18. Available online here. [Article]
Gregory, H. (2013). Youth Take the Lead: Digital Poetry and the Next Generation.English in Education, 47 (2): 118–133. [Article]
Joiner, R., Gavin, J., Brosnan, M., Cromby, J., Gregory, H., Guiller, J., Maras, P. & Moon, A. (2013). Comparing First and Second Generation Digital Natives’ Internet Use, Internet Anxiety and Internet Identification. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16 (7): 549-552. [Article]
Gregory, H., Hayes, K., Jones, V. and Opher, S. (2012). Poetry in Dementia Care: Overcoming the Challenges. Australian Journal of Dementia Care, 1 (4): 22-25.[Article]
Gregory, H., Hayes, K., Jones, V. and Opher, S. (2012). Poetry in Dementia Care: One Project, Four Voices. Australian Journal of Dementia Care, 1 (3): 25-27. [Article]
Joiner, R., Gavin, J., Brosnan, M., Cromby, J., Gregory, H., Guiller, J., Maras, P. & Moon, A. (2012). Gender, Internet Experience, Internet Identification and Internet Anxiety: A Ten Year Follow-up. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15 (7): 370-372. [Article]
Gregory, H. (2012). Poetry Performances on the Page and Stage: Insights from Slam. In, S. Gingell and W. Roy (eds.) Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond: Interfaces of the Oral, Written, and Visual, pp. 77-96. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. [Book chapter]
Gregory, H., Hayes, K., Jones, V. and Opher, S. (2012). Using Poetry in Dementia Care: Four Voices, One Journey. Journal of Dementia Care, Jan/Feb: 27-30. [Article]
Gregory, H., Hayes, K., Jones, V. and Opher, S. (2012). Issues and Impacts of Poetic Interventions in Dementia. Journal of Dementia Care, March/April: 20-23. [Article]
Shake the Dust. (2012). The Importance of Youth Slam: An Interview with Dr Helen Gregory. Click here to read. [Online interview]
Gregory, H. (2011). Using Poetry to Improve the Quality of Life and Care for People with Dementia: A Qualitative Analysis of the Try to Remember Programme. Arts & Health, 3 (2): 160-172. [Article]
Gregory, H. (2009). Texts in Performance: Identity, Interaction and Influence in U.K. and U.S. Poetry Slam Discourses. [PhD Thesis]
Gregory, H. (2008). The Quiet Revolution of Poetry Slam: The Sustainability of Cultural Capital in the Light of Changing Artistic Conventions. Ethnography and Education, 3 (1): 61-71.[Article]
Gregory, H. (2008). (Re)presenting Ourselves: Art, Identity and Status in U.K. Poetry Slam. Oral Tradition, 23 (2): 201-217. [Article]
An up to date list of current citations is available here:http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=6NzNUz8AAAAJ&hl=en
A selection of visitor reviews for Helen’s recent performative social science project/multi-arts exhibition, promoting personhood in dementia can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10151855372405044&set=o.505226806214910&type=2&theater
“I Will Tell You Something of My Own” project, jointly funded by Gloucestershire NHS (£6,000) and Arts Council England (Grants for the Arts, £6,594), 2013.
The Neurological Underpinnings of Metaphor Production, funded by University of Gloucestershire, 2013 (£2,500).
Evaluation of the Young Poets Network web resources for The Poetry Society, 2012.
Evaluation of Word Cup and Shake the Dust youth poetry slam events for Apples and Snakes, 2010 and 2012.
Invited talk and workshops on 'Evaluating the Impact of the Arts on Well Being and Personal Grown' at Kirklees Bibliotheraphy Conference, October 2014.
"I Will Tell You Something of My Own" at SenseAbility Festival, Corsham, June 2014.
Presentation on "I Will Tell You Something of My Own" for the Winter Psychology Research Symposium at University of Gloucestershire, December 2014.Poetry hosting and panel discussions, Folk Alliance, Conference, Toronto, 2013.