Entertainment with musician Helen Lunt. Plus poets Ciaran O'Driscoll from Ireland and Kate Gale from the USA, and guest musicians Margaret Farrelly and Pete Howells. Introduced by Meredith Collins. Words, music and movement at St George's, Kemptown, Brighton.
Jizz, Shedman's New and selected poems will be published by Kingston University Press in the UK and Red Hen Press in North America. It will be available from Amazon and all good bokshops. Review copies now available. If you would like a review copy please get in touch.
Shedman's latest chapbook
Glove Poems is a series of poems inspired by lost gloves Shedman found while out and about in Sussex, especially around the South Downs. Published by Editions Fuscus, Glove Poems features pictures of the lost gloves alongside the poems they inspired as well as the gps coordinates.
Glove Poems 36 pages with full colour illustrations £9.99 plus P&P
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Art, poetry and heathcare
Our Storeys is a major art project at North Middlesex University Hospital, London. Lead artist Sue Ridge and poet John Davies (aka Shedman) tell the story of the project and their work in arts and healthcare using a salutogenic approach.
Critical appreciations of the project are accompanied by the poetry contributed to it by many different poets including three Laureates: Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion and Michael Rosen.
Our Storeys - Art and poetry in healthcare 164 pages with full colour illustrations £12.99 plus P&P Buy now! Please contact Shedman who has a few remaining copies.
"The Our Storeys project at NMUH could not have happened without Shedman and his shed, questionnaires were filled in, stories unfolded and voices were writ large. The outcome was four storeys of social wallpaper combining poetry and images - a true collaboration of creativity. Our artist and poet collaborative work has now transformed into Shederama, a broader way of thinking about socially engaged practice." Sue Ridge Artist
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Booking now for 2018
With the launch of Jizz - New and selected poems from Kingston University Press and Red Hen Press in the USA, Shedman will be back on the road for 2018. Don't miss your chance to put Shedman at the heart of your event of festival.
Shedman at the Brighton Poem-a-thon!
Shedman was delighted to be involved in the amazing Brighton Poem-a-thon at Komedia, Brighton, on Sunday 11 December 2016. 61 poets raised over £30,000 for the Refugee Council and Shedman was very chuffed to be the second highest fundraiser. So a very big thank you to everyone who sponsored me. Via the Tombola, Silent Auction and Book Stall on the day, we also raised another £1500+ for the School Bus Project. So a big thank you too to all the shops who provided prizes. All in all it was a fantastic day.
Syrian refugee Houssien Robin kindly agreed to be interviewed during my set. He had to leave Syria simply because he was running a Facebook page that offered an alternative view to the Assad regime's.
“… a sunny and totally professional presence…
On the evening before Shedman’s arrival we found a group of young people cycling around the shed like wolves round a caribou, kicking the door in and/or hiding inside, spoiling for a fight. By the end of the week, these same young people were avid Shedman fans, writing their own poetry and trying to raise funds to buy the shed as a permanent fixture. That, to me, exemplified his patience, people skills and passion for poetry: an advocate for our times.”
Sue Stewart, Organiser, Daventry Festival (Olympiad)
to write for your partner, or your shed. A sonnet, a love poem or an elegy.
A short story or a piece of reportage. Email Shedman with your brief...
"A poet who goes round the country putting up sheds where people come and talk to him... Shedman celebrates that very English phenomenon, the shed, and puts it in a global context. An endearing and eccentric look at the literary life." John O'Donoghue, Guardian Books Comment
Many thanks to all the photographers who have provided shots including Steve Bully and James Lewis.
"John worked with patience and charisma to inspire students to create poetry then with great application and synthesis of vision distilled their work into a single poem which was etched into the windows of the new student building – permanently to inspire future generations." Damian Hebron, Head of Arts Addenbrooke’s Arts, Cambridge
"The workshops were fantastic - I never imagined that anyone would get them writing poetry as enthusiastically as you did. It really did make a huge difference with the project … you had them eating out of your hand!” Rachel Merrington, Cambridge Regional College
"… His enthusiasm and engagement with audiences of all ages ensured that the event was a great success - one we hope to repeat with Shedman in the lead.” Alison Baxter, Head of Creative Enterprise, West Dean College
“I invited Shedman to come to the little town of Herzele, where we organise every year the literary festival 'Lezen in de Lente' (Reading in Spring). Shedman made an intervention in English on the stage that surprised a lot of people. Afterwords, he interacted with the public and stimulated them to write their own poetry. That is the essential drive of Lezen in de Lente: quality and erudition, but close to the people.” Filip De Bodt, vzw 't Uilekot, Herzele, Belgium
"What Wordsworth did for daffodils, John Davies does for sheds." Mark Lawson, Front Row, BBC Radio 4
"Shedman on the Street in Limerick was able to engage and persuade citizens of Limerick to share stories and write poems in a very personal and rewarding way. John is one of the most captivating writers and skilled communicators that any festival, community or school could invite into their lives." Sheila Deegan, Arts Officer, Limerick City and County Council, Ireland
The LEA advisor asked me what I thought of Shedman. I explained to him that I knew you and suggested he ask the question of the next English teacher to come into the Office. Moments later, in came Sarah and when asked what she thought of Shedman, she said "Fantastic! Brilliant. One of the best writers we've ever had." Bob Walton, Bristol
"Shedman was the outstanding hit of the Festival!" Lucy Flannery, Havant Literary Festival
"Just wanted to say thank you for our brilliant workshop last month....I will definitely be recommending you." Norah Carr, Brighton & Hove Library