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Text and the City, a writing practice founded by Journalist and language professional Helen Johnson, produces creative content – in Dutch or English.

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Helen is an experienced editor-in-chief and writer of articles in newspapers and magazines. Coordinating and editing written contributions of others holds no secrets from her.

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Her native understanding of both languages, combined with her education and experience in Journalism, make Helen a skilled translator from Dutch into English and vice versa.

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Her enthusiasm for communication inspired Helen to become a qualified teacher, who gladly tutors Dutch adults in mastering the global Lingua Franca, English.

About Text and the City

Delivering content and language services constructed with creativity, care and integrity, is what Text and the City does best. I’ve been devoted to this goal from 2000 onwards and have since written, edited and translated contributions for numerous print media – and without exception to mutual contentment. See references.

In 2015 I added to my qualifications by obtaining my Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (issued by Cambridge University). This allows me to use my bilingual background and love of communication for the enhancement of other people’s English language skills.

Helen Johnson

Photography: Roos Kroes

A few examples from my portfolio

  • Rush on Amsterdam Magazine 2010 | 50 years Anne Frank house
    Rush on Amsterdam Magazine 2010 | 50 years Anne Frank house
  • Swoolish Garage | International material
    Swoolish Garage | International material
    Promotional content
  • Rush on Amsterdam 2009 | The world according to Cobra
    Rush on Amsterdam 2009 | The world according to Cobra
  • Rush on Amsterdam 2010 | Little Buddha Bar
    Rush on Amsterdam 2010 | Little Buddha Bar
    Promotional content


  • "Helen Johnson was wholly and solely responsible for Nieuwe Liefde magazine. She can think in concepts and guarded the visual style, the quality of writing and the content. She knows what she wants. She can set a course for the mid- or long term and stick to it."

    Franck Ploum
    Former director of De Nieuwe Liefde
  • "Helen is a talented researcher. She’s always prepared to go the extra mile to get the maximum result. She’s a great team player and very pro-active at that."

    Frans Kotterer
    Editor-in-chief of Kunststof radio
  • "Helen is a 'headline hero'. She uses language fantastically creatively."

    Matthijs de Groot
    Editor-in-chief of Columbus magazine
  • "I was a fan of Helen’s column in Esquire."

    Olivier Heimel
    Editor-in-chief of Runner’s World
  • "An interviewer like Helen only comes around every once in a while."

    Marije de Jong
    Former editor-in-chief of esta
  • "Helen convinced me instantly; her plan for the interviewseries The Seven Virtues had it all. One strong interview after another landed on our desks. Paula van der Oest, Xandra Brood, Will van Kralingen; everyone opens up to Helen, in those interviews that have such a strong own identity" (In: esta #12).

    Tineke Verhoeven
    founder of esta
  • "Helen is a journalist with a lot of empathy and a golden writing style."

    Joost Divendal
    former editor-in-chief of De Journalist

A few of the clients

Rush on Amsterdam
Runner's World
De Pers
Reader's Digest