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