Profile

John’s published work includes two pamphlet collections and the full collection Shedman, as well as Our Storeys, a book about art and poetry in healthcare, written with artist Sue Ridge. 


In 2017, he was the first non-Irish editor of The Stony Thursday Book, an annual anthology of contemporary poetry published in Ireland. Jizz, New and Selected Poems will be published in the UK by Kingston University Press and in North America by Red Hen Press in September 2017.


John is perhaps best known as his poetic alter ego, Shedman, the original itinerant poet in a shed who has appeared at numerous festivals and events. As Shedman his commissioned work has ranged from poems engraved into the windows of a learning centre on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, to major hospital projects with artist Sue Ridge.


John has been a literary activist and publisher. He was the founder and director of innovative small press publisher Pighog from 2002 to 2014, when the list was taken over by Los Angeles based Red Hen Press. From 2002-8 he organised writers’ network THE SOUTH that put Brighton and Sussex on the international literary map and created a wide range of opportunities for poets and writers, as well as organising events and festivals.


John is also an award winning film and video director. His awards include Gold Award, the Elmer Friman Best of Show Award and the Holly Harrington-Lux Creative Design Award for writing & direction, USA Health Sciences Communication Association Awards, and the Gold Award as Best in Class, John Corney Video Award and the Platinum Award for Best Overall Entry, UK Institute of Medical Illustrators IMI Awards.