Kevin Crossley-Holland – the poet
Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well known poet. His selected poems, The Mountains of Norfolk, won the EDP/Jarrold Prize, and his most recent collections are The Breaking Hour and, with paintings by Gillian Crossley-Holland, Veering North-Easterly. His translations from Anglo-Saxon are gathered in The Anglo-Saxon World, The Exeter Book Riddles and Beowulf, and he is the author of the Penguin Book of Norse Myths. His recent and moving memoir of childhood The Hidden Roads was praised by Rowan Williams as ‘a lovely poignant book, not wasting a word and evoking place in a deep way.’
Kevin’s books for children include retelling of traditional tales as well as the Arthur Trilogy (translated into 25 languages) and Gatty’s Tale, and have been awarded the Carnegie Medal, and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He is the author of two Viking Sagas and, with the artist Jane Ray, a novella about Vivaldi in Venice.
He has worked with many composers, including Sir Arthur Bliss, William Mathias, Rupert Bawden, Bob Chilcott and Cecilia McDowall; and with Ivan Cutting he co-authored The Wuffings, a play about the birth of East Anglia. He has collaborated with the photographer John Hedgecoe and the artist John Lawrence, James Dodds and Charles Keeping, and joined forces with Norman Ackroyd to produce the Moored Man cycle of North Norfolk poems, watercolours and etchings.
Kevin Crossley-Holland is President of the School Library Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of St. Edmund Hall Oxford.