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critic , editor , poet

Andrew Johnston is a New Zealand poet, critic and editor, whose consultancy Language Aid helps UN agencies and other international organisations improve their written communications.


He is principal editor of the UN's major annual

report on the state of education around the world, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, published by UNESCO, and edits the World Education Blog.From 1999 to 2010 Andrew worked as an editor for the International Herald

Tribune, including six years as deputy editor of the opinion pages.

Andrew is the co-editor, with Robyn Marsack, of Twenty Contemporary New Zealand Poets, published in 2009 by Carcanet, UK, and Victoria University Press, New Zealand. He also edited Moonlight: New Zealand Poems on Death and Dying (Random House, 2008).

Now he is living as a journalist in London.


  • book of poems

    • How to Talk (1993)

    • The Sounds (1996)

    • The Open Window (1999)

    • Birds of Europe (2000)

    • Sol (2007)


Christine Lorre - lecturer

They have three children, Emile (born 2002), Oscar (born 2007) and Louise (born 2010).