I got so distracted by our trip to Lowden last week that I've totally skipped the official reason why Michael Johnson visited us. Michael had been invited by Queen's University to do their Creative Industries Fellowship Lecture. It was a great talk about where the ideas come from. Using examples of Johnson Banks' work, Michael explored the origins of concepts; how wrong thinking can often be right and how what you take out is often as important as what you leave in. And much more. From what I gather, everyone really enjoyed it and could have happily heard more.
Somehow I managed to get invited out to dinner afterwards with Michael thanks to Andrew from Queen's which was really nice. Then, the following morning, a small group of us met up for an informal workshop/discussion so we could grill Michael and get the inside track on the secrets of his successes. That was good too.
Add to all that Friday afternoon's road trip (with lunch and a diversion for chicken feed - yes, I took Michael Johnson to buy chicken feed!) and I feel like I practically stalked the poor man. Still, he was totally top notch company; extremely interesting and good fun.
And he gave me a signed copy of his book, which was really kind.