Quick & Quirky Questions with Caroline Johnstone

Caroline is an experienced senior legal advisor, workshop facilitator, coach, writer and poet. Throughout her career, she has continued to develop a rich range of skills and experiences which are now the foundations of her creative practice and advisory work.

Caroline’s career has been mainly in HR/employment law and management as she loves working with people to empower them or to support personal change and development. She has a BA in Human Resource Management with Distinction, is trained in Thomas PPA, and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, an NLP Master Practitioner, and a certified Master Ericksonian Hypnotherapist. 

As a poet and writer, she runs a poetry for wellbeing group called Write Lines. Caroline is currently the poet in residence for Dundonald Castle and Visitor Centre in East Ayrshire.

You can find Caroline at her website as well as on social media.

Tell us 4 important facts about yourself:

  1. I’m a part-time senior employment law advisor and a part-time wellbeing facilitator
  2. I’ve been told I have 48 hours in my day (or have a Time Tardis)
  3. I’m eternally curious (and oh the rabbit holes I fall into!)
  4. I have a strong sense of justice and fairness that means … don’t cheat in board games or I’ll get quite cross!

What is your favourite age that you’ve been so far in life, and why?

Now. My children are grown up, I have six grandchildren who make me smile every day, I’ve tried most of the things I wanted to and have got to a stage where I’m much less concerned about other people’s opinions – just about what makes me happy.

Who is your favourite fictional character or famous person over 60?

Dame Judi Dench – I saw her at the Boswell Book Festival and just loved her – her spirit, her diction, her ability to recall and recite so many poems and her attitude.

You are alone in your house (no pets). You have three minutes to get out before the house collapses and burns to the ground. What one possession would you grab and take with you?

My dad’s chanter. He was a pipe major in a few large bands in Northern Ireland and it’s worn where he held it and played it.  

What’s your favourite creative pastime?

Reading – and it has been since I was 4. I’ve tried lots of other things and loved them – cross-stitch, mosaics, knitting, salt dough, collage, calligraphy, but that’s been the one constant thing.

Tell us something about yourself that’s surprising or unexpected.

I had 2 Subarus but gave them up because I was going to get too many points on my licence – and I’ve won work go-kart championships.

Annual Poetry Competition

Theme: ‘The Environment’
Deadline: 31st October 2022 – Entries now closed

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