WELCOME BACK, SHEDMAN - NOV 20TH - SHARING THE STAGE WITH JAMES BROOKES
John Davies - SHEDMAN
Shedman, the alter ego of writer and poet John Davies, is inspired by all kinds of sheds – garden, aircraft hangars, shedding antlers or skins, tears or light. He creates workshops and events that explore the place of the shed – and is now writing a book about his experiences: Round Britain by Shed.
He's spawned dozens of emulators and triggered a complete category of site specific micro-venue installations, but he remains the authentic original and master of the small space literary interaction.
He's a PR dream. Hard to resist a poet popping up in a surprising location in a shed. Shedman (Jon) was poet in residence at The Shed online magazine and is featured in the bookShedmen,, on BBC 2’s Gardeners’ World, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, as well as numerous other stations.
He's appeared at numerous festivals and events in the UK and Europe, and has run workshops in schools, youth centres, hospitals, care homes, museums and art galleries. He's been commissioned to engrave poems at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and done major hospital projects (Art and Poetry) with artist Sue Ridge.
His published work includes The Nutter in the Shrubbery (pamphlet) and Glove Poems, (full collection) Shedman, as well as Jizz – New and Selected Poems (2018) published in North America as Nest (Red Hen Press)
He was the first non-Irish editor of The Stony Thursday Book, an anthology of contemporary poetry published in Limerick, Ireland. He's also been published in The Guardian, The Irish Examiner,The Echo Room, Poetry South East, and Azul etc.
With Arts Council England support, he completed two pilot shows based around his new collection Jizz, working with musician Helen Lunt and dancers. He's recently appeared at the Betsy Trotwood, London, Blakefest,Bognor Regis, and he’s a regular at the Pighog nights in Brighton
‘A really beautiful collection … Davies pitches the familiar lightly and the everyday with evocative simplicity. - ’(MACGILLIVR)
He'll be appearing with James Brookes,postgraduate student at College of Law, who received a major Eric Gregory Award from the SOA in 2009, with his pamphlet, the English Sweats, published the same year.
His work has appeared in Poetry Review, The Rialto, Horizon Review, White Review, The Wolf, The Swedish Joural Signum, and on a church pew in Taunton. He was invited to read at the Cuisie Festival Limerick, the Poetry Hearings Festival in Berlin, Shakespeare Festival in Stratford and the Ledbury Poetry Festival. In 2011 he was awarded a Hawthornden International Writer’s Fellowship.
The reviews of his first book view him as a 'astonishingly-accomplished debut of a poet surely to take his place among the very best of his generation'.
Raffle sponsor is the delightful French restaurant, Cote, with an £80 voucher.