Meet the Artists in the Park – Johanna Robinson

Johanna Robinson, the only creative writer commissioned as part of Art in the Park, will lead the four weekly Safari Scribblers sessions for schools, aimed at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 classes, on Monday 8th, 15th & 22nd March and 12th April at 10am or 2pm.

Safari Scribblers will consist of a series of individual writing exercises and activities that explore ‘behind-the-scenes’ stories, concepts on refuge and people’s perspective on the Park as visitors. Johanna will draw upon her own career, writers and writings that inspire her, to guide our young learners on this journey.

Johanna has a broad and impressive professional portfolio that includes a MA in English Literature from the University of Leeds, ten years’ training and practice as a lawyer, as well as being a trained proofreader. She began writing short stories in 2015 and now concentrates on short stories and flash fiction.

Her stories have been published in print and online and her novella-in-flash, Homing, was published in June 2019 by Ad Hoc Fiction. In April 2020, Johanna won the Cambridge Prize for Flash Fiction, with her 400-word story, Yew, and in October 2020, the Bath Flash Fiction Award, with her 300-word story, Blessings, 1849.

Being based in Prescot, Johanna also offers a more local angle to her work and response, and we are thrilled to have her on board to offer a different perspective from which to explore Knowsley Safari.

Schools wishing to book their free Safari Scribblers sessions can contact Knowsley Safari’s Learning and Discovery team directly on 0151 430 9009 (option 2) or enquire online: https://www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/education/contact-us/