A Little About Me
Born in Poole, Dorset, I grew up in London and was educated in Winchester and Nottingham. In the 1990s, I worked in fringe theatre and collaborated with Sean Holmes, current artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith. Sean directed one of my plays, Salt Lake Pyscho, about the serial killer, Gary Gilmore.
Recently returning to Britain, I met Tony Henderson, author of The Leopard In a Pinstripe Suit. Together we struck up friendship based on our enthusiasm for writing and story telling. “Thought he was completely nuts," says Tony. "Then we drank a lot of Pinot Noir and I realised that, conversely, it was in fact me.”
Sedley: In my twenties I wrote a lot of plays, but when I moved to Southern Italy I was still interested in writing. The first book I wrote there was about a brigand called Joe Summo. I wrote it in an invented dialect, but who was going to read that!... The stories for The Half Days first came to me in the early 2000s. At the time Bin Laden had just knocked down the World Trade Centre and everyone was itching to go into Afghanistan...
Sedley: And yet there I was on the edge of Europe, right in the heel of Italy, going to the beach, jumping off rocks and diving into coves. (Laughing) It was a kind of dream.
Tony: That's how you got the idea for The Half Days.
Sedley: That's right. (Laughing) "The Half Days Stretch Into the Summer Nights."
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