Thursday, 23 October 2008

Havant The Blues

The Portsmouth News asked for a poem...

Haven't got a job no more
haven't got a gaff
haven't got a girlfriend
the one I had's gone off.
Haven't got enough for tea
haven't had my lunch
I'm getting pretty fed up
of my private credit crunch.
But with friends, fresh air and freedom
I'm not feeling down.
I'm happy writing in my shed
here in Havant Town.

Havant Literary Festival - A Fresh Page

Over the next few weeks I'll be writing up my experiences at the first Havant Literary Festival held at the end of September. It was a wonderfully successful festival that connected with all kinds of people. Special thanks to Lucy Flannery, the Festival's Director and Tim Dawes at Nineveh.

By the way if you're one of the people who is waiting for their festival poem from me - they're all cooking away and will be with you very soon. I'll also put them up on here on Shedlife - well, all except one maybe - that love poem...!

Shedman in The News...

The Portsmouth News that is...


"Former name of Ceylon + -ITY; coined by Horace Walpole upon the title of the fairy-tale The Three Princes of Serendip, the heroes of which 'were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of'. The faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries by accident."

From my trusty companion, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 1933. Reprinted with corrections 1959.

The Three Princes of Serendip on Wikipedia

So much for September!

This blog is necessarily occasional as it fits in with the tidal flow of Shedman's life and projects. For newcomers or if you've just lost the thread, as he has a few times, it's worth mentioning that there is a weird kind of logic to the entries.

There are long running stories about the projects l've been involved in (Limerick, Ledbury, Havant, etc). There are one off pieces about something that has struck me - observations, reminiscences, reportage. And there are longer pieces - essays, wanderings, narratives. All are designed to entertain, amuse and bring a smile to your lips or a question to your mind. Do comment or get in touch via email if you'd like to.

Serendipity (very much a trait of Shedman) plays a huge part - as do coincidence and luck.