Owen Sheers

Owen is a poet, author and playwright. Brought up in Wales, as a child he liked playing in the local woods, tree-climbing and playing rugby. He began writing poetry when he was young and this has remained his first love, although he has also written novels, plays and screenplays for TV. In 2007 he wrote an Oratorio for children about climate change, The Water Diviner’s Tale, which was performed at the BBC Proms. His other work for children includes adapting Michael Morpurgo’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon and Jenny Nimo’s The Snow Spider for TV.

Owen has also presented TV programmes, including A Poet’s Guide to Britain about poetry and landscape. He is the co-founder of a new college focused on sustainable futures, Black Mountains College, and a patron of The Children’s Bookshow! He lives in the Black Mountains in Wales with his two daughters, Anwyn and Siriol.

Praise for Drew, Moo and Bunny Too

A book bursting with love and adventure

Cerys Matthews

Did you know…

  • Owen has a stammer and sometimes found it difficult to speak as a child and a teenager. He is patron of STAMMA, the British Stammering Association.

  • Owen was born in Fiji where his umbilical cord was buried under a coconut tree. He went back to try and find it when he was 18!

  • Owen spent a year as writer in residence with the Welsh rugby team, travelling with them and training with them and he never stops talking about the evening he spent helping them practice their kicking.

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