He is the author of The Cruising Auk (1959), Home Free (1966), Happy Enough: Poems 1935-72 (1972), Taking a Grip: Poems, 1971-78 (1978), Auk Redivivus: Selected Poems (1981), Rocky Shores (1981), Ask Again (poems, 1984) and Endeared by Dark (The Collected Poems) (1990).
His translations of poetry from Old Norse include The Saga of Gisli the Outlaw (1963), The Faroe Islanders' Saga (1975), The Greenlanders' Saga (1976) and Wind over Romsdale: Poems by Knut Odegard (1982). Johnston has also translated Pastor Bodvar's Letter, by O.J. Sigurdsson (1985). Johnston has edited the Collected Poems of George Whalley (1986) and written a biography of Carl Schaefer, Carl: Portrait of a Painter (1986), a work based partly on his correspondence with Schaefer over many years.
Author JAMES STEELE