Andrew Hollins - or rather his daughter Bethany (My dad has the best shed ever so I hope he sends you a picture!) - contacted Shedman about his collection of original paintings by Australian artist Pete Browne. Shedman asked Andrew if he had a shed and here's his response:
'daughters! they do set you up! i do have a shed, but alas no pictures and just like my life it is narrow, chaotic, cluttered but every now and again things of worth, beauty and even genius emerge! used for running repairs to the house, garden and equipment the most recent article to be finished was a house number for my mum - attached as for the genius bit - still in development!
the originals of the pictures i sent by peter browne double in price every 3 years! add to your shed collection and your income in one easy move!'
Note about Pete Browne: 'Peter Browne was born in 1947 in West Wyalong NSW. Peter Browne claims to have been found under a sheet of tin in West Wyalong around 1947. Raconteur and scallywag, Peter moved into a ruin at Silverton and established it’s first art gallery, where he held court for travellers entertaining them in his almost roofless “renovated “ ruin for many years.' More about Pete at Outback Artist.
If you come across any shed-like writers' places – or any other artists' come to that – that aren't so well known, please let me know. I'm always interested to hear about them. And they can be virtual as well as real!
You can follow Shedman on Twitter @Shedman. Tweets may include the occasional short poem as well as information about what Shedman's doing, where he is and how he's feeling. How interesting is that!
What do you do in your shed?
Take five minutes to tell Shedman about the amazing things you do in your shed. Share your favourite shed story. Send in a shed poem. Or send media links to shed activities far and wide. Just email shedman at shedman.net.
'Thank you for your magnificent contribution to Havant Literary Festival's maiden voyage - you were the absolute lynchpin of the programme.
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 Festival Director Havant Literary Festival
Writer, poet and film maker John Davies is the original Shedman. He's inspired by all kinds of sheds – garden sheds and aircraft hangars, shed antlers or skins, shedding tears or shedding light. He’s writing a book about his shed experience and on his travels, researching the subject, he creates residencies and workshops at different events and locations, using sheds as the focus for a unique interaction with people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds.