Carol Johnston has worked as a Sessional Tutor in Creative Writing for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Idea Store Learning Service at the Idea Store Canary Wharf since September 2014.
Recently she coordinated four short story writing workshops at the Idea Store Whitechapel as part of a Community Literature Festival 2015 jointly organised by the Shanghati Literary Society and Tower Hamlets Arts & Creative Industries.
She believes that all local writers should have the opportunity to publish their work locally and develop their own literary style in creative writing.
She has enjoyed teaching creative writing sessions during the last year and sharing her experience acquired when attending creative writing groups, workshops and performances in London Borough of Tower Hamlets 1994 – 1997 including Eastside Writers, the Basement Poets, and Approach Poets.
Between 1997 and 2000 she piloted and contributed to the launch of a monthly multicultural newspaper. The Bethnal Green Scene, launching the newspaper working alongside Tower Hamlets Multicultural Consortium, and a group of local volunteers based at Oxford House community centre in Bethnal Green.
She also has considerable experience of teaching English at all levels of ESOL and EAL, including teaching and mentoring adults, young learners, students and children in community centres, language and supplementary learning schools, and employment and training agencies.
Her interests include journalism, poetry, creative writing, art & design, local history, folk, blues and classical music. She has a BA Hons in Historical Studies (University of Portsmouth), an Access to H.E. Diploma in Art & Design at Tower Hamlets College Poplar (2009 – 2010) and a Cambridge ESOL Level 5*Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) (QCF).