John Kevin Deaconson (known to all as Kevin) was born in Dundee in Scotland in 1968 but moved to England as a child. He was educated at Sunderland Polytechnic, where he gained a drinker's degree in Environmental Studies, and Newcastle University, where he achieved a Master's in Anglo-Saxon Studies. He lives with his wife, family and lurchers in Tynedale, Northumberland. His writing reflects his interests in history and the landscapes of Britain.
Cædda, a slave on a monastic estate, flees from a stranger who is shadowing him. From a place of safety, the cow herder looks back on his life and is troubled by dreams. Will he resolve his problems by flight or by action? This book is based on the enigmatic historical figure of Cædmon, the first named poet of the English language.