Kevin Crossley-Holland

Author, translator, poet...

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland Kevin Crossley-Holland

is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His most recent books are Heartsong, with Jane Ray, a new collection of poems, The Breaking Hour, both published last year, and The Riddlemaster published in June 2016.

The Seeing Stone won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize Bronze Medal, and the Tir na n-Og Award. His Arthur trilogy has won worldwide critical acclaim, sold well over one million copies, and been translated into twenty-five languages.

Crossley-Holland has translated Beowulf from the Anglo-Saxon, and his retellings of traditional tale include The Penguin Book of Norse Myths and British Folk Tales. His collaborations with composers include two operas with Nicola Lefanu (The Green Children and The Wildman) and one with Rupert Bawden, The Sailor's Tale; song cycles with Sir Arthur Bliss and William Mathias, a cantata with Cecilia McDowall, and a carol with Stephen Paulus for King's College, Cambridge.His play The Wuffings (co-authored with Ivan Cutting) was produced by Eastern Angles in 1997.

He has often lectured abroad on behalf of the British Council, regularly leads sessions for teachers and librarians, and visits primary and secondary schools. He offers creative writing workshops in poetry and prose and talks on the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, King Arthur, heroines and heroes, and myth, legend and folk-tale.

After seven years teaching in Minnesota, where he held an Endowed Chair in the Humanities, Kevin Crossley-Holland now lives on the north Norfolk coast in East Anglia.

He has a Minnesotan wife, Linda, two sons (Kieran and Dominic) and two daughters (Oenone and Eleanor). He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and has received Honorary Doctorates from both Anglia Ruskin and Worcester Universities. He is a patron of the Society for Storytelling and of The Story Museum, President of The School Library Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Philip Pullman says...

' bright and as vivid as pictures in a Book of Hours. Deep scholarship, high imagination, and great gifts of storytelling have gone into this; I was spellbound.'
The Seeing Stone