Thursday, July 16, 2009

Shedman keeping busy

John 'Shedman' Davies and his shed are having a busy time of it at the moment. For the second year running, John was at Ledbury Poetry Festival outside the Burgage Hall, starting all kinds of conversations with the question 'What's the first shed you ever remember?' Visitors included actress Linda Thorson (The Avengers, Emmerdale), Dame Joan Bakewell (who remembers her Grandfather's fire hazard of a shed at the back of a Manchester terrace) and Roger McGough, who described how his friend with an allotment shed had tried to encourage him in the ways of the soil, but to no avail.

Highlights included the man who came into Shedman's shed and said 'I set fire to my mother', the Engaged Buddhist band The Boddhivistas who sang Shed California to the Eagles tune and Merys, the lovely lady pictured who brought Shedman a miniature homemade shed with a poem inside it. John helped to round off the festival with an hour long Breakfast Shed Show in Ledbury's famous Market Hall which he claims looks a bit like a half timbered elephant shed. Many of the stories will be posted by Shedman on his website and blogssoon.John is also very busy on another project, Our Storeys at North Middlesex University Hospital in Enfield till the end of July. You can meet him outside the Spice of Life Restaurant at the North Middlesex University Hospital on Monday 27th, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th July from 10am-4pm and in Emsworth at Havant Literary Festival from 2nd-4th October.Photo Copyright Ned McConnell
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