Poetry, Drama & Criticism Poetry Books

Rime of the ancient mariner

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Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems

This 5-hour free course looked at how the study of ecosystems can be used to determine the effect that we humans are having on the global environment.

The importance of interpersonal skills

This 3-hour free course demonstrated the importance of interpersonal skills in the successful management of people and workplace tasks in general.

Travelling light - poetry

A collection of 54 poems - long and short, written in various styles. The majority are free verse.

I have three other published poetry books:

'Kaleidoscope' - a collection of 119 poems, written from the age of 16 until 2010;

'Life's Rhythms' - a book of 316 haiku, composed in the traditional pattern of three lines with 5-7-5 syllables, written from 2011-12; and

'Mind-spinning Rainbows' - a collection of 150 poems, written since 2012.

Apart from poetry, I have written 12 novels - some for children and some for adults.

Sample poem...

We live in the echoes

We step inside mirrors

Lemon petals pave the way

I sleep in stages, sleep sublime

Walking pages never read again

I see the signs yet still forget

Imagining faces of the past

A rush of bliss splits the breeze

Where the peacemaker wanders

The crevices of the closed mind

He offers echoes of your stare

We live in the echoes

Patterns drawn upon a wall

Plunging ripples capture all

The raw beauty of the real

Where the Fool laughs his last

Is a time we'll never see

For he plays so beautifully

Daring to step beyond himself

Embracing all there is to see

With such wide open arms.

(C) Vickie Johnstone, all rights reserved.

The Light Keepers (ShadowLight Saga Book 0)

From the #1 Bestselling Norse Fantasy Author, comes The Light Keepers, a short story prequel to the ShadowLight Saga

Isolated because of what she is--because of the power she holds inside--Astrid longs for contact with another human being. Her well-intentioned mother locks her away from society in order to protect her from an evil that seeks to use Astrid's abilities for his own means. But the resulting loneliness drives Astrid deeper into the shadowwalk--a power she is forbidden to use, a magic that lands her directly into the arms of the Shadow.

This short prequel to the ShadowLight Saga offers a revealing glimpse into the history of the beautiful and mysterious warrior maiden known as Swan, called Astrid in this prequel. It takes place a few moons before Bonded begins and is a self-contained novelette of approximately 10,000 words.


You've never seen dark versus light like this before! Matthews expertly twists good and bad until the lines are blurred and your heart is racing.

Astrid (Swan) is such an amazing heroine - she's so tough, yet emotionally rich. Since Astrid can't speak, I loved how Matthews weaved in her internal thoughts throughout the action - it gave me an extra layer of insight to her cool personality. I loved her!

It's sexy, intriguing and fast paced...The Light Keepers hurls you right into the action...leaving you begging for more...

More working with charts, graphs and tables

Studying this 15-hour free course enabled you to build on skills of interpreting information represented in charts, graphs and tables.

Nothing In This World Is Free, Just Poetry!

Nothing in this world is free, it seems like sometimes something is free, but it is only an optical illusion, this upcoming indie poet brings you a free sample of his work, shattering the boundaries between the poetical world and that of hard-lined writers of classical romances, teasing you with tales of fantasy and stories of dancing cats, his wild imagination takes you on an adventure that never seems to end.

This upcoming indiie poet continues to surprise us with his imagination and depth of writing.

The 'why' and 'what' of educational leadership and management

This 8-hour free course explored educational leadership and management, and how undertaking research can contribute to good practice.

One Word Titles

Words are the soul of life, no matter how you interpret them. With each sentence we say, we are seeking or giving knowledge. These lyrics seek both. They are my interpretation of life as I see things.


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Suicide's an option

Lyrics with explanations. Lyrics of darkness, insight, hope and love. A more personal look at my life and how I have seen and see things through complicated eyes. Life is not a bed of roses, life is not easy. But we all can overcome.

Winter Solstice Winter - A Viking Blood Saga: Norse Fantasy Viking Saga

In the land of the midnight sun, where ruthless Vikings and shape-shifters roam free, an evil empress usurps the Northlandic Throne and suspends the seasons on Winter Solstice. Lucia and Soren were sent by the gods to defeat the empress, but deceits run deep, and they become torn between fate and reality... and between love and loyalty as the battle to end all battles begins.

What readers are saying:

Loved the Window into Norse mythology

Riveting and movie-worthy

I have just one problem with this book - I can't wait for the second one!

A wonderful period romantic thriller that grabs your attention in the first few pages, and never lets up on its grip.

Non-stop, fly by the seat of your pants suspense.

I...found the book to be an impressive Viking tale, with two very real, very well-described main characters.

This is one of those books that makes you say, "I'll read for twenty minutes." Then two hours later, you decide you need twenty minutes more.

Welcome to a cold, wintery world where nothing is what it seems.

Winter Solstice Winter has the perfect amount of intrigue, mystery, mythology, action, love and passion to make it a very good read.

Usually, I have no patience for historical fiction unless it offers something fresh or truly engaging to the story. Winter Solstice Winter does that and then a lot more. My advice is straightforward...GET THIS BOOK -- YOU'RE GOING TO LOVE IT!

Spanish: Perspectivas porteƱas

This 4-hour free course explored a documentary about artists in Buenos Aires, to support the development of advanced listening skills in Spanish.

Whispers of Paradise

These are a selection of poems, which are autobiographical, formed by my response to nature, people and places I have visited. I have experimented with various styles of poetry like the lyric and the haiku. The poems are intensely emotional and rendered as epiphanies.


Elsker: The Elsker Saga: Book One: Volume 1

ELSKER - Featured in USA Today You don't win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way. Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. He's an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia's crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms. Her orderly life just got very messy.

The Children's own Longfellow;

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Diary Of The Heart: Little Red Book

From the bestselling author of 'You. Are. Not. Alone.' and 'An Obsessive Infatuation', comes the next installment of the Diary Of The Heart series. 'Little Red Book' presents W. R. Watkins in the most intimate way for you, the reader, by giving you a complete access into Watkins' life over the past 12 months. This anthology reflects all the highs and lows, Watkins' personal thoughts and feelings, along with demonstrating his creative process when writing his poetry, making this Watkins' most personal collection of work to date. 'Little Red Book' features the stand out poems 'Scar', 'State Of Mind', 'Voices', 'Small Building Block' and 'Be The First'.

Diary Of The Heart: An Obsessive Infatuation

In W. R. Watkins' second anthology, the reader is taken through the discovery of love. From the wishes and dreams of being loved; to the mixed emotions of your first secret crush; to having to let that crush go. Whilst less personal that the his first book, You. Are. Not. Alone., Watkins reveals his heart to the reader, sharing his own experiences in having feelings so strong for someone, they are hard to ignore. Again, he has extended his hand to those experiencing their first crushes, offering to help them through their conflicting thoughts: Am I really in love? Will they love me back? How can I get over these feelings? An Obsessive Infatuation is the first in the 'Diary Of The Heart' series.