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John Davies

Velika Britanija, 1950

John Davies se je rodil v Birminghamu v Angliji, zdaj pa živi v Brightonu.
Prva zbirka je bila pamflet The Nutter in the Shrubbery (2002), sledila je pesniška zbirka Shedman (2008). Njegove pesmi so bile predvajane na BBC TV, radiu in objavljene v številnih revijah in antologijah, npr. Dreaming Beasts (2004), Poetry South 2008, The Stony Thursday Book 2009 (Irska) in Frogmore’s Poetry South East 2010. Udeležuje se literarnih večerov in festivalov v Veliki Britaniji, na Irskem in po Evropi. Vodi delavnice za različne starostne skupine. Za pisanje in režijo je prejel več nagrad. Vodi založbo Pighog.

John Davies was born in Birmingham, England in 1950 and now lives in Brighton.

His first collection was the pamphlet The Nutter in the Shrubbery published by Pighog in 2002 followed by a full collection Shedman from the same publisher in 2008.  His poems have been broadcast on BBC TV and radio and have also appeared in many magazines and anthologies including Dreaming Beasts (University of Chichester 2004), Poetry South 2008, The Stony Thursday Book 2009 (Ireland) and Frogmore’s Poetry South East 2010.

His recent commissions have included poems for The Guardian, North Middlesex University Hospital (as part of a major commission with artist Sue Ridge), the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and for private individuals. He has read his work at many events and festivals in the UK, Ireland and Europe and has run numerous workshops for groups of all ages. John received an Arts Council England Archi-texts Award in 2002 for his first residency as Shedman and further funding from Arts Council England to develop his Shedman writings in 2004.

Since completing his degree in Religious Studies at Lancaster University in 1974 John has worked in film, video and media production for corporate and institutional clients. At the 2010 USA Health Sciences Communication Association Awards he won a Gold Award and was also awarded the Holly Harrington-Lux Special Award for Creative Design for writing and direction. John is also the director of Pighog Press.
 
‘Exceptionally well-crafted poems’     Anne Rouse
‘Filled with a spirit of compassion’     Sasha Dugdale
‘...justly and widely acclaimed poems.'     Adam Hansen

'What Wordsworth did for daffodils, John Davies does for sheds.'  Mark Lawson BBC Radio 4 Front Row

“A refreshingly different approach to an arts residency…a memorable mixed media installation with a very human face…His residency was a motivating and energising process for all involved... I can recommend him unhesitatingly…”       
John Cooper Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton.

'Shedman was the outstanding hit of the Festival; he was both the focal point of the street entertainment and a tangible manifestation of the festival's aims of connecting with all ages and all sections of the community in interesting and dynamic ways. He is also a PR dream - there isn't a Press Release in the world that can't be improved by adding "and a poet in a shed" at the end!'                                Lucy Flannery, Director, Havant Literary Festival

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