In 2017, he was the first non-Irish editor of The Stony Thursday Book, an annual anthology of contemporary poetry published by Limerick Arts Office in Ireland.
With the guidance of artistic advisor Chris Fogg, John has developed an entertainment based around the poems in the New & Selected working with musician Helen Lunt and a group of dancers. You can find out more about this exciting project here.
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.
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.
Born and raised in Birmingham in the English Midlands, John now lives in Brighton with his wife, Rosy and Wilson, the golden retriever.