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What does Shedman do?

He creates amazing interactive experiences, enthralling workshops and lively events that explore the place of the shed and poetry in everyone's hearts...

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Who is Shedman?

Shedman is John Davies, the writer and poet based in Brighton, England.

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Jizz - words, music, movement

Jizz is a very different and enjoyable night out - enchanting, entertaining, family friendly and fun! John Davies (Shedman) and musician Helen Lunt (cello, flute, keyboard) mingle wry humour with telling feeling and perceptive focus, accompanied by captivating dance and movement.

In the Studio at Strode Theatre in Street, Somerset at 7.45pm on Thursday 21 September, John and Helen are joined by Jennifer Grant and Joe Garbatt from aKa Dance Theatre Company, Taunton. The audience is invited to meet the performers in the bar downstairs after the show. Book now - box office 01458 442846.



At St George's, the regency church in Kemptown, Brighton on Friday 6 October at 8pm, John and Helen will be joined by dancers Harriet Morris and Rosa Firbank. After an interval, poets Kate Gale (USA) and Ciaran O'Driscoll (Ireland) will be reading, with music from Margaret Farrelly and Pete Howells.

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"John Davies handles the ironic and the comic with exceptional ease and poise. A joyous affirmation of life’s essential cycle." SUDEEP SEN

 

"Helen Lunt is that extraordinary combination of mind, heart, spirit and creativity rarely found in the realm of music." JOHN SHARP

 

"aKa - Wow wow wow." TIM CASSON, CASSON & FRIENDS.

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

Buy now! Please contact Shedman who has a few remaining copies.

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
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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


Is Shedman the nutter in the shrubbery?

The Nutter in the Shrubbery
Shedman's first poetry pamphlet
£6.00 plus P&P

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Jizz - words, music, movement

Strode Theatre, Street, Somerset. Thursday 21 September 7.45pm Box office 01458 442846

 

St George's, Kemptown, Brighton Friday 6 October 8pm

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Jizz is a bird's eye view on life that’s both touching and playful. It’s a whizz round life’s big events and little foibles, a quick flutter through beginnings and endings - and all kinds of birds! These are snapshots of a life lived, delights and griefs, moments of drama or comedy, insights behind the world we take for granted or gratitude for the fact we can.

 



Although it has other meanings too, Jizz is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as the 'characteristic impression given by a particular species'. In his poetry John Davies aims to capture the jizz of a particular moment or experience, the variegation, zest, piquancy and poignancy of life itself.
 

"The language of birds is very ancient, and, like other ancient modes of speech, very elliptical: little is said, but much is meant and understood."
Gilbert White, author of The Natural History of Selbourne, Letter XLIII to Daines Barrington 9 September 1778

John Davies says: 'The poems in tonight's show are all taken from Jizz, my New and selected poems, to be published by Kingston University Press in the UK and Red Hen Press in the USA. The poems move from birth to death - from 'sperm to worm' as they say in the insurance business - and tonight's show follows a similar arc. The jizz and fizz of life is in each poem.

 

"These moments are intensified by Helen Lunt's accomplished improvisations and recitals, musical punctuations and melodies, on cello, keyboard and flute, weaving words and music into an aural textile. The dancers bring the exhilaration of movement in a three dimensional space to lead the collaboration of words and music to dance." John Davies performs his poems from memory with Helen Lunt providing a musical commentary. Helen plays solo pieces as well as weaving her music with John’s words.

 

 

"It has been great to be a part of a project which brings such life to the theatre space," says Artistic Director of Taunton based aKa Dance Theatre Company, Jennifer Grant. "The collaboration between spoken word, music and movement has been organically woven together allowing John and the artistic advisor, Chris Fogg,  to lead us to produce a performance which is layered and unique. It has been a pleasure to be involved."

 

 

“… 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)


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"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

Shedman at Ledbury Poetry Festival

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What people say about Shedman

"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

 

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