Colin Johnson

Colin started writing fiction nearly ten years ago, after a lifetime of academic publications, and a few magazine articles. To understand how to put a story together, and to tell it in an interesting way, he joined a Creative Writing class in Lymington, and went on to study for a Master’s in Creative Writing at the Open University.

As a reader and a writer, his first love is the Short Story, but he has been seduced by The Novel, and is now discovering just how much hard work is required to write one.

Colin enjoys reading short stories by Danielle McLoughlin, Ali Smith, Tessa Hadley, Alice Munro, and novels by Ali Smith, Graham Swift, Claire Fuller, Anne Enright, Ian McEwan and Raymond Chandler

Work in Progress

Colin’s novel, provisionally titled Variations, deals with the effect on relationships of gender, power and the #MeToo movement.


Short Stories

A Violin for Mary             Earlyworks Anthology 2019 Earlyworks Press

Clearing Memories         Turnpike January 2020   online magazine. Reprinted in Words to Remember: A Printed Words Anthology 2020 (available on Kindle)

After the Winter              Lymington Anthology 2020

Anthology – Editor

Lymington Anthology     2020. Short Stories and Flash from Lymington Writers and the shortlists of the Lymington competition. For more details click here

Competition Success

Hampshire Writers Society    

First Encounter                   March 2017                     First Prize

A Stitch in Time                 November 2017              Highly Commended

Christmas Diary                December 2018               Highly Commended

The Picking Party                 June 2019                       First Prize     Dramatised for 200 Years of Autumn              Theatre Royal Winchester