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 book Scramasax was published by Quercus last year.

The Seeing Stone won the Guardian Childrenís Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize Bronze Medal, and the Tir na n-Og Award. The trilogy has won worldwide critical acclaim and has 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 (reissued as The Magic Lands). His collaborations with composers include two operas with Nicola Lefanu (The Green Children and The Wildman) and one with Rupert Bawden, The Sailorís Tale; song cycles with Sir Arthur Bliss and William Mathias, and a carol with Stephen Paulus for Kingís 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 poetry and prose workshops 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, a patron of the Society for Storytelling, President of The School Library Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Philip Pullman says...

'...as 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