Dedicated with love to Rosie’s father, Roy (RR) Johnston (1924 – 2012), who ‘gave me life in so many ways‘, Bittersweet Seventeens is a celebration of life in all its flavours. Rosie does not call her poems haiku, though like haiku in the western style they have seventeen syllables per stanza. Their closer cousins are Early Irish syllabic poems like Pangur Ban and The Voyage of Bran. Enjoy them singly or as a sequence.
‘Orion is a giant leap forward for Johnston. This time around, Johnston has compiled a richly rounded poem that flows beautifully as one piece, one entity. And yet, for those readers who prefer to dip in and out of a collection, each perfectly sculpted stanza can also be appreciated in isolation.’ Louise Richardson, Culture Northern Ireland.
Rosie’s much loved first collection. ‘How much life can you squeeze into seventeen syllables? Quite a lot if you’re Rosie Johnston. Some of these poems are like tiny stories, others like soft pillows, others like pieces of ice. Read them and you’ll want to write a few of your own!’ Author, Vestal McIntyre.
THE MOST INTIMATE PLACE
(2009) Arcadia Books
Patrick is a young journalist working in south London for a local paper he sees as way beneath his dignity. He is sent to interview a controversial woman priest and falls obsessively in love with her. He is writing to his girlfriend from prison to explain why he is on remand for the priest’s murder and ‘intimate assault’.
(2005) Wolfhound Press
Tim (aged 10) loves science. His sister Rox (13) believes in spooks and spells. When their family moves into Greenwich Abbey, to keep Gran close after their Grandpa has died, they are haunted by a ghost who just might be out to kill them.
WYSIGHOST is for young adult readers from about the age of 10.