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Interview with Norfolk-based writer Kevin Crossley-Holland

PUBLISHED: 11:50 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 06 March 2018

Kevin Crossley-Holland (photo: Ian Burt)

Kevin Crossley-Holland (photo: Ian Burt)

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All his life, Kevin Crossley-Holland has loved the saltmarshes of north Norfolk, where land meets sea, and his work explores the borders between words and music, history and legend

He lives, moored on low hills left behind as glaciers retreated. Just a couple of miles north is a shape-shifting island and a coastline where land merges imperceptibly into sea.

Kevin Crossley-Holland is a writer whose words slip into poetry, music, art and film. From the light-flooded converted barn near Burnham Market, where he lives with his wife, there are views in almost every direction. And in his study there are windows not only on to the landscape he has been returning to since childhood, but also back through the centuries.

The books lining the walls of his study are about medieval history and legend, King Arthur, northern gods and giants, music, art, poetry.

He recites part of a saga in Anglo Saxon, a mellifluous flow of sound first learned at Oxford where he was taught by poet WH Auden and encouraged by JRR Tolkien.

 
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