Dr Kevan Manwaring is the author of The Windsmith Elegy series of novels,The Bardic Handbook, Desiring Dragons: creativity, imagination and the writer’s quest, Lost Islands, Oxfordshire Folk Tales, Northamptonshire Folk Tales and others. A Fellow of Hawthornden, the Eccles Centre (British Library) and the Higher Education Academy, he has been teaching creative writing for the Open University since 2004, as well as the University of Leicester, Imperial College, London, and Skyros Writers’ Lab. He was a consultant for BBC TV’s ‘The Secret Life of Books’. He blogs and tweets as the Bardic Academic and is based in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
‘Kevan Manwaring’s poems move between tradition, sacredness and the raw moment of modern life, in which his particular emphasis is to reveal what we experience as transparent, inviting us into questions of identity and value that are essential at this time. As a bard he is living what poets ‘should’ live for, with his heart at the centre, guided by an impressive and growing clarity of vision that enables him to penetrate his material accordingly. I have every sympathy with what he is attempting.’
Jay Ramsay, founder of Chrysalis: the poet in you, poetry editor of Kindred Spirit magazine