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Martin Johnson has worked in education throughout his career, completing his main career with the Further Education Unit, a government-supported think-tank where he had responsibility at different times for publications and research. He read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and has previously published only work on education.

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Robert Macfarlane’s Orphans

Martin Johnson, inspired by Robert Macfarlane’s The Old Ways, has extracted poems from Macfarlane’s very poetical prose in much the same way that Edward Thomas, a poet loved by both writers, was inspired by Robert Frost to do the same with his own prose writings.

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