Author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
Teaches creative writing for the Open University (10 yrs); Skyros Writers' Lab; and various Adult Education providers in Gloucestershire.
Co-ordinator of the Cotswold Word Centre, based at Hawkwood College.
Founder & director, Awen Publications 2003-2013.
Writer-in-Residence, El Gouna, Egypt, 2010.
Desiring Dragons: Fantasy and the Writer's Quest, Compass Books, due 2014
Northamptonshire Folk Tales, The History Press, 2013
Oxfordshire Folk Tales, The History Press, 2012
Turning the Wheel: seasonal Britain on two wheels, O Books, 2011
The Way of Awen, O Books, 2010
The Bardic Handbook, Gothic Image, 2006
The Windsmith Elegy
i. The Long Woman; ii. Windsmith; iii. The Well Under the Sea; iv. The Burning Path; v. This Fearful Tempest
Lost Islands, Heart of Albion 2008
The Book of the Bardic Chair
Writing the Land (ed)
I have known Kevan Manwaring for more than seven years and have worked with him on many occasions during that time. I've also attended seminars he has run and received criticism from him on my own writing.
Kevan is a very inspiring and encouraging teacher and has a great deal of experience both in writing (non-fiction, fiction, and poetry) and in teaching in diverse contexts. Four years ago I recommended him to take over an evening class I was teaching in the University of Bath extramural department, where he continues to teach a range of courses. I'm acquanted with several individuals, including one of my own undergraduates, who speak very highly of the one-to-one coaching they've received from Kevan on their writing projects.
Part-Time Lecturer in Creative Writing
Bath Spa University
Mr Manwaring has recently been appointed to teach a weekly two-hour-long creative-writing evening class as part of the extracurricular activities offered as part of the Humanities programme at Imperial College London. I have had the pleasure of peer-observing Mr Manwaring's teaching.
Mr Manwaring's classes are very well organised. He understands the need to pace a class carefully and he presents a well targeted mixture of theory, technique and exercises. The students engage very well with him, and the atmosphere in the class is one of productivity and enjoyment. Mr Manwaring is an exceptional teacher. He draws on his extensive experience to deliver material well suited to adult learners with a variety of backgrounds and prior knowledge. He does this with style and a natural ability to encourage and inspire his students.
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have Mr Manwaring teach at Imperial.
Humanities Coordinator, non-languages
Imperial College London
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