Other publications include two anthologies edited with fellow poets; the author's smallest ever booklet; the title poem of a children's anthology; a series of workshop pamphlets edited for his tutorial groups in the '90s; and a number of his poems featured in books by other authors.
Edited by Brian Johnstone & Andy Jackson
Luath Press, 2019
This anthology brings together a gallimaufry of poets to take a sideways look at what makes – and makes up – Scotland by examining the country’s ‘icons’. It features specially commissioned works by the National Makar Jackie Kay, plus acclaimed poets including Robert Crawford, Douglas Dunn, Imtiaz Dharker and close to 100 more. Each brace of contrasting poems tackles the extremities of the nation’s culture by looking obliquely at ‘icons’ at opposite poles to each other. From Laphroaig versus Buckfast, to Oor Wullie against Black Bob, these vivid and varied poems bring to life the people, places and motifs that form the complex and contradictory soul of Scotland.
Tokens of Admission
Single poem by Brian Johnstone
Poems-For-All, San Diego, 2014; curated by Richard Hanson
Specially produced for the author's appearance at StAnza 2016, this is #1429 in the series. Images from the London Foundling Hospital complement the full text of the poem. Measuring only 5cm x 4.5cm it is the author's smallest publication (and likely to remain so).
My Mum's A Punk
Edited by Theresa Breslin, James McGonigal & Hamish Whyte
Scottish Children's Press with ASLS, 2002
Stories and poems created for young people in Scotland by contemporary Scottish writers. The author's poem was chosen as the title work for the anthology. Contributors include Edwin Morgan, Ron Butlin, Anne Donovan, Magi Gibson & Janet Paisley.
The Golden Goose Hour
Edited by Brian Johnstone & Ros Brackenbury
Taranis Poetry, 1994
The first anthology from the Edinburgh group Shore Poets, co-edited with the poet with whom the author founded the group in 1991. Shore Poets went on to produce two more anthologies for their fifth and tenth anniversaries, and a CD of poems by all current and former members to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2011.
Publications as editor include:
The Memory of Fields: the poetry of Mark Ogle, Akros Publications, 2000
Edited by Brian Johnstone & Hugh Dailly for the family of Mark Ogle (1948-99)
Polyphony, 2001; A Wishing Space, 2000; The Day I Looked Inside, 1999
Annual anthologies for St Andrews Poetry Workshop,
all published by the University of St Andrews Open Association
Poems included in the following works by other writers:
Families of the Missing, Simon Robins, Routledge, 2013
The Silent Weaver, Roger Hutchison, Birlinn, 2011
Angus McPhee: Weaver of Grass, Joyce Laing, Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust, 2005
The Falkirk Wheel, Tony Kettle & Neil Urquhart, Michael Fraser Associates, 2002
25 Years of Naboland, Reinhard Behrens, Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, 2000
Poems published in a range of journals including:
Scottish Review of Books, Edinburgh Review, Glasgow Review, Chapman, The Dark Horse, Magma, The Interpreter’s House, The Honest Ulsterman, Gutter, NorthwordsNow, Antiphon, Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, Smiths Knoll, 14, Revival, Causeway, Poetry Salzburg (Austria); Sou'wester, Stand & Seminary Ridge Review (all USA); Island (Australia); Takahé (New Zealand) and in the newspapers: The Financial Times, The Scotsman, The Herald, and The New European
Work presented in the following online features:
The Drunken Boat, 20 poem chapbook, selected by Rebecca Seiferle, 2013
Translation Lab, selected by Rozalie Hirs, ooteoote.nl, 2012
Best Scottish Poems online anthology, Scottish Poetry Library, 2011
Poet of the Month, Scottish Arts Council website, February, 2010
Poet of the Month, Scottish Poetry Library website, September 2009