Leila Johnston

Writer and artist

Leila Johnston is a writer, performer and cultural commentator. She works with art and technology, and the fantastical ideas that emerge from them. Her journalism credits include WIRED UK, Creative Review and The Guardian, and she has spoken at TEDx, Ada Lovelace Day Live, the Royal Academy of Arts and many more.

She is the Ringmaster of Hack Circus, an live show and magazine which has been described as 'Make magazine meets The Fortean Times'. Each issue is launched with an immersive show where scientists and hackers perform original work in collaboration with artists and musicians, experimenting with speculative science, technology and philosophy to playfully challenge the audience and themselves.

She has been a resident at the Site Gallery in Sheffield and Lighthouse Arts in Brighton and was one of 10 innovators from around the world selected to take part in the British Council/Future Everything ‘Global Futr Labs’ in Manchester in February 2015. She has written several humour books, radio, and a column for BBC Comedy.