Shedman is John Davies, the writer and poet based in Brighton, England
John writes poetry and fiction. He explores out-of-the-ordinary stuff within the ordinary - the quirky, the peripheral. He maps and narrates connections.
He's fascinated by the tension and connections between two apparently separate categories, the natural and the artificial.
John's alter ego is inspired by all kinds of sheds - garden sheds and aircraft hangars, shed antlers or skins, shedding tears or shedding light. He's writing a book about his shed experience. On his travels researching the subject he creates enthralling workshops and lively events that explore the place of the shed - and literature - in everyone's hearts, using sheds as the focus for a unique interaction with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.
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John's poetry has been published in The Guardian, in magazines and anthologies and he has read his work at events and festivals in the UK, Ireland and Europe. He has received an Arts Council England development award. For more information download Shedman's leaflet.
John has run creative writing workshops in shops, schools, museums, libraries and prisons. He has also developed highly successful workshops combining creative writing with other media such as video and photography. Spy Game - a series of creative missions for young people also involved the World's Shortest Spy Story text messaging competition.
For more information download Shedman's detailed profile.
Shedman has a great deal of expereince working on commissions, public engagement projects, arts and healthcare projects and film and video production. He has worked with artist Sue Ridge on a range of collaborative projects and has won a number of awards for his film and video work.
The Nutter in the Shrubbery (2002) and Shedman (2008) both published by the award winning small press Pighog.
John's short stories have been broadcast on BBC local radio. He has developed a series of historical detective stories, The Lichfield Mysteries, set in the late eighteenth century.
'The Booth Museum was originally built as Mr Booth's shed in which to house
his collection of stuffed birds.
Poems are a kind of stuffed bird!'
Notes for Project Shed 26.3.03
Photos Ledbury Festival, Sue Ridge, Stephen Bully, Ned McConnell & Chris Cousins © 2005