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Kevin Crossley-Holland

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Kevin Crossley-Holland

is Merlin from Arthurian legends

About Kevin

Kevin Crossley-Holland is a poet, novelist and scholar who is fascinated by the ancient languages and stories of Northern Europe. When he was small, his father, who studied early music, often told him old tales, accompanied by a Welsh harp. Growing up in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Kevin loved collecting archaeological treasures and set up a museum in his garden shed. At fourteen, he decided to become a priest, but changed his mind while studying English literature at Oxford University. There he became interested in Anglo-Saxon and, encouraged by J. R. R. Tolkien and the poet W. H. Auden, decided to translate Beowulf. Kevin has travelled widely to research his stories. He has worked in Bavaria and he taught for five years in Minnesota, USA. He has written many novels, translations and collections of poetry and short stories, and enjoys setting words to music. He is best known for The Seeing Stone, a vivid retelling of the Arthurian legend, which won many prizes and has been widely translated.

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