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I'm a 21st Century bard, using both the written and spoken word in my novels, non-fiction and poetry to enchant, entertain & inspire.

Background Information

Kevan Manwaring is a writer, teacher and storyteller who lives in Stroud. Holder of an MA in the Teaching and Practice in Creative Writing from Cardiff University, he teaches creative writing for the Open University and Skyros Writers Lab. He also runs freelance courses in storytelling and various aspects of the writing process to a wide variety of students. As a professional storyteller he has appeared in numerous shows both solo and with Fire Springs, both in Britain and abroad (USA, Italy and Malta). He is the author of Turning the Wheel, The Bardic Handbook, Lost Islands, the ongoing Windsmith books and his poems and articles have appeared in several magazines and anthologies. He runs the Stroud Writers' Workshop, having relaunched the Bath Writers' Workshop, & is the founder of Awen Publications. In 2010 he was a Writer-in-Residence at El Gouna, a resort on the Red Sea, Egypt, where he worked upon his latest novel, The Burning Path. He is currently working on commissions for The History Press and Compass Books, as well as a screenplay or two.

Major Influences:
the Celtic Bardic Tradition,
especially Penbeirdd Taliesin
Ancient Sites & Sacred Landscape
Films, films, films!
John Cowper Powys
Robert Holdstock
William Blake
JRR Tolkien
Robin Williamson
The Waterboys
The Dymock Poets
Beautiful music, people & places!


Winner of the Bardic Chair of Caer Badon (Bath, Somerset) 1998-9
MA Teaching & Practice of Creative Writing

Additional Information

My five-volume fantasy series The Windsmith Elegy completes this year (2012). Oxfordshire Folk Tales comes out from The History Press this Autumn.

Favorite Links

Kevan Manwaring - author site
My home site, with more info about publications, workshops, performances, news, etc.

Awen Publications: inspiration at your fingertips
Small press publishers of quality fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Awaken the Bard Within

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