About Text and the City

Text and the City is the writing practice founded by Journalist and language professional Helen Johnson that specialises in producing creative and quality content – in Dutch or English. Due to her obtaining a teaching qualification in 2015, Text and the City services are now also available in spoken form.


The beginning of the new Millennium, the year in which I published my first magazine articles, also meant the launch of Text and the City. Under this name, I have written numerous interviews, reports, columns and (Dutch and English) articles for numerous print media. (The Press, Esquire, esta, Holland Horizon, Reader’s Digest and Rush on Amsterdam to name but a few.)

I was raised by an English father and a Dutch mother in Groningen, obtained my degree in Journalism in Utrecht in 2001 and decided to use my bilingual background to my teaching advantage in 2014 (because I felt the need to help professionalise English language teaching at Dutch Primary Schools).

In order to achieve this goal, I studied English Language Teaching to Adults at the BSN Language Centre in The Hague and I received my certificate (issued by Cambridge University) in 2015. Simultaneously, I studied ‘Early English Teaching’ (about the didactics regarding teaching English to children between the ages of four and twelve) at de Hogeschool Utrecht. That same year, business partner Bianca Timman and I founded Little Acorns; a company with which we provide consultancy and training to Dutch Primary Schools that wish to enhance their Early English education.

I also work, part-time, as a freelance senior-editor for the Dutch edition of Runner’s World magazine.

Helen Johnson

Photography: Roos Kroes


My work experience and education from 1997 to the present:
  • Compendium

    2018 – Present
    Executive Director Compendium of Cultural Policies & Trends

    Text and the City

    2000 – Present
    Text and the City

    Runner's world

    2015 – 2018
    Coordinating senior-editor
    Runner’s world

    Little Acorns

    2015 – Present
    Co-Founder / Teacher trainer
    Little Acorns

  • Specialist Early English Teaching

    Specialist Early English Teaching
    Hogeschool Utrecht


    CELTA (Certificate English Language Teaching to Adults)
    British School Language Centre

  • Nieuwe Liefde

    2010 – 2014
    Editor-in-chief Nieuwe Liefde magazine

    Course novel writing

    Course novel writing
    Schrijversvakschool Amsterdam

  • Course in proze writing

    Course in proze writing
    Schrijversvakschool Amsterdam

  • Kunststof

    2007 – 2010
    Editor Kunststof Radio

  • School for Journalism

    1997 – 2001
    ‘School for Journalism’
    Hogeschool Utrecht


    Editor NOVA TV
    NPS/ Vara

Years experience
Native languages