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26 Characters at The Story Museum, Oxford

Many of Britain’s best loved writers and storytellers have transformed themselves into the characters they most loved as children in an exciting new, interactive photographic exhibition at The Story Museum.


Oxford Literary Festival 2017

Kevin will be taking part in three events at the Festival this year.











The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture 2013

Footprints on the Grass


The text of Footprints on the Grass – Speaking of Gardens and Children’s Books’ can be read here.





Seamus Heaney and Kevin Crossley-Holland at the Oxford Literary Festival

The Chancellor’s Lecture: Seamus Heaney : The Life of a Poet

5.30 pm Friday March 22nd at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.

At the invitation of the Chancellor of The University of Oxford, Lord Patten of Barnes, Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney talks to poet and children’s author Kevin Crossley-Holland about his life and career. Heaney is regarded by many as the greatest poet of his age and was described by Robert Lowell as ‘the most important Irish poet since Yeats’. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 and has received many other awards, including the 2006 T S Eliot Prize for District and Circle. The Nobel committee said the prize was for ‘works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past’. His twelfth and most recent collection of poems is Human Chain, published in 2010.

Seamus Heaney

Discussions will turn to Beowulf, one of the finest works of Anglo-Saxon literature, which has been translated from Old English by both Heaney and Crossley-Holland. Heaney’s translation, a Whitbread book of the year, is widely regarded as the finest ever made of the poem, while Crossley-Holland published his own verse translation of the poem at the age of 27. The two will discuss the nature and heart of the poem, the pitfalls of translating from Old English, and the impact Beowulf has had on Heaney’s own poetry in particular.


The Mountains of Norfolk wins the Poetry Award at the EDP and Jarrold’s East Anglian Book Awards


The award, judged by the poet George Szirtes, was presented on 15 November by Sophie Hannah at a dinner in the Assembly House, Norwich, attended by writers, broadcasters, booksellers and journalists from East Anglia.

Sophie Hannah with Kevin Crossley-Holland.Photo: Steve Adams


New Publications this Spring…