Chris Kennedy. Born Ilkey, Yorkshire, 1942. Educated in Scotland. In the early 1960’s, while visiting Morocco, he decided to drop out of university—Edinburgh, where he had been reading philosophy—and in 1968 he settled in the Balearic islands, first on Ibiza and then Formentera, an island that would influence his novel, Keepers of the Western Forest. During most of this time, he lived by making music; over the years, he has written many songs and lyrics. Since leaving Spain in the mid-1980’s, he has worked as a tranlator and has published surreal comic strips in collaboration with artist Ronald Cornelissen. He has two children, a daughter born in Edinburgh and a son born on Formentera. His wife, Ivonne, writes and illustrates children’s books.
Why did you write Keepers of the Western Forest?
One day the story just started playing out in my head. Uninvited, it knocked at the window asking to be written down.
Who did you imagine you were writing it for?
Initially, as I said, I was writing it because it wanted to be written—to please myself, mainly. But I had long wondered if young readers today are still able to enjoy Arthurian stories set in the medieval world of chivalry.
If people knew what I have come to believe concerning these tales, says Robert Westwood, they would declare me insane. From the day Darin leaves home for Camelot, he faces sorcery and the malice of his father’s old enemies. As dark forces gather in Logres, he embarks on a quest to find the Green Knight’s axe. And then on to the final mission—one destined to affect the world we live in.