Kevin Crossley-Holland Archive

Scope and Content

This collection of the literary papers and correspondence of Kevin Crossley-Holland represents the wide range of his interests and achievements. It covers his own poetry, translations and re-tellings from Old English, children's stories, libretti, and other publications including The Stones Remain and Pieces of Land, which bear witness to the author's sensitivity to the power of place. His enthusiasm and gift for the arts in general is represented by his co-operation with musicians, illustrators and photographers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kevin Crossley-Holland, the poet, translator, writer of children's stories, and broadcaster, was born in Mursley, North Buckinghamshire in 1941 and educated at Bryanston School and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. After graduating he was a Gregory Fellow in Poetry at Leeds University 1969-1971, and from 1967-1978 he lectured in Anglo-Saxon literature and culture for the Tufts University London Program. He also worked as a children's book editor for Macmillan and Victor Gollancz. He later taught for extended periods in America, first as Visiting Professor of English and Fulbright Scholar at St Olaf College, Minnesota, 1990, then as Professor and Endowed Chair in the Humanities and Fine Art at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota,1991-1995. He has published numerous volumes of adult poetry and several libretti for opera, and is well known for his version of Beowulf. Storm , his novella, won the Carnegie Medal in 1985.


This collection is arranged into the following subfonds (sub-collections): Poetry Collections and Published Poems Notebooks and Draft Poems Old English Poems and Myths: Translations and Re-Tellings Stories For Children Music Other Publications Appointments, Travels and Workshops

Access Information

Some parts of this collection have not been listed in detail and access may be restricted under the Data Protection Act and other relevant legislation. Please consult the relevant part of the catalogue for specific details. Where a detailed record does not exist, please contact Special Collections. Upon receipt of your request, a member of the team will discuss your requirements with you and review relevant material accordingly.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Kevin Crossley-Holland by Leeds University Library in stages from 1984 onwards.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

Most of the archive is described in detail in handlist no.146, although further material has been received since then. Most of the letters in the collection are listed in the Library's Letters database.

Conditions Governing Use

Material in this collection is in copyright. Photocopies or digital images can only be supplied by the Library for research or private study within the terms of copyright legislation. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain the copyright holder's permission to reproduce for any other purpose. Guidance is available on tracing copyright status and ownership.