Author Archives: journojohnson

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.

The North Devon Writers

A recent week in North Devon introduced me to a few local writers I didn’t know had an association with the area. Firstly there is the writer, Charles Kingsley born in Holne in Devon whose family later moved to the … Continue reading

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We have just celebrated my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday with a big party, balloons and a cake Well, she deserves it. Although her actual birthday isn’t until next month, the Bank Holiday weekend was the only time we could all come … Continue reading

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Rural Landscapes and animals

This last week, my husband and myself have been enjoying the rolling rural landscape of Gloucestershire We walked in the Slad Valley, enjoying scenes of outstanding beauty and never seeing anyone. No wonder such scenes inspired the writer of ‘Cider … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the story of Waireka

In the last few weeks I have been busy recording a video of me talking about my book, Waireka. In these strange times when movements are still restricted and going out to talk about your book not possible, the new … Continue reading

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Colonialism and the Maoris

In the early nineteenth century when most of the Europeans arrived in New Zealand, the Maoris were the indigenous people. They had been there since the thirteenth century when they had arrived in canoes from the Eastern Polynesian islands War … Continue reading

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New Zealand and the Lord of the Rings

Novelist S.C Skillman had visited Australia several times and even lived there for a period, but in November 2019, she made her first trip to New Zealand. As writer of paranormal mystery novels and a lover of JR Tolkien’s Lord … Continue reading

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New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud

To introduce my series about New Zealand past and present, I want to share some pictures of the place I have visited and enjoyed three times. New Zealand, or ‘Aoteroa’, as the Maoris call it, ‘Land of the Long White … Continue reading

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Ilness and Loss

As a follow-on from my series on writing with illness, disability and loss, I would like to finish the series by drawing some parallels on these topics by referring to my book, Waireka. Eliza, the heroine of my book, is … Continue reading

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Creativity through Loss

During these times of dealing with a major pandemic, illness followed by loss is a large part of our national and personal experience. Following on from my series dealing with creativity in sickness and disability, I would now like to … Continue reading

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3rd posting in my Writing with illness and disability series

Hello, Kathryn at this time of medical crisis in the UK, I am interested to see that you have been both a hospice nurse and a patient of cancer yourself. 1) Can you talk me through your nurse training and … Continue reading

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