Allison was born in New Zealand.
He taught at the Christchurch Waldorf Steiner School for 24 years.
He lives in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, Australia, working part-time as an administrator in Ghilgai Steiner School, and throughout Australia as a consultant in education, parenting, and organisational development.
Allison plays the middle eastern oud, renaissance lute, cittern, and guitar; is an established poet with 5 published collections and many poems printed in journals worldwide; and lectures and writes on themes related to poetic imagination and observation, anthroposophy, and Waldorf education.
Allison has advocated the enhancement of methods for imaginative teaching in Waldorf education. He has spoken out against the exposure of young children to images from television, film and computer games, especially violent and sexual images, which leave them less receptive to the power of creating their own imagery. Allison in his recent writing has attempted to show how ordinary imagination can be intensified to become an organ of cognition.
Though no longer formally associatd with anthroposophy, Allison continues to acknowledge Rudolf Steiner as a significant teacher.
- Dividing the Light. Christchurch, NZ: Hazard Press, 1997.
- Both Roads Taken. Christchurch, NZ: Sudden Valley Press, 1997.
- Stone Moon Dark Water. Christchurch, NZ: Sudden Valley Press, 1999.
- Balance: New and selected poems. Carlton, Vic: Five Islands Press, 2006.
- A Place To Return To: New and uncollected poems. Lyttelton, NZ: Cold Hub Press, 2019.
- Where Children Are: beginning to understand Waldorf Education. Christchurch, NZ: Initiative Circle of the Waldorf Pedagogical Section in New Zealand, 2001.
- Living in Light Loving the Dark: Essays revised from lectures. Christchurch, NZ: Initiative Circle of the Waldorf Pedagogical Section in New Zealand, 2003.
- A Way of Seeing: Perception, imagination, and poetry. Great Barrington, MA: Lindisfarne, 2003.
- A Teacher's Book: Digging deeper. Murwillumbah, NSW: Immortal Books, 2008.
- Walking Out of Another World. Murwillumbah, NSW: Immortal Books, 2010.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Allison, J. (2003). A Way of Seeing: Perception, Imagination, and Poetry, rear cover, Great Barrington, MA: Lindisfarne Books.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Nielsen, T. W. (2004). Imagination as evolution. A paper to complement a presentation given at the Second International Conference on Imagination in Education, 14–17 July 2004, Vancouver, BC, Canada, pp. 11-12.
- ↑ Nielsen, T.W. (2003). Rudolf Steiner's pedagogy of imagination: A phenomenological case study. A paper to complement a presentation given at the First International Conference on Imagination in Education, 16–19 July 2003, Vancouver, BC, Canada, p. 24.
- ↑ Allison, op. cit., pp. 137-138.
- ↑ Search results = au:John Allison, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. `7, 2014.
- "Getting to Know a Poem" (.PDF)
- John Allison at Amazon.com
- John Allison Official website
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