Simon Heywood has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and worked to international acclaim as a storyteller, musician, composer, and workshop leader, performing in pubs, clubs, cafes, festivals, parks, schools, libraries, village halls, cemeteries, theatres, arts centres, forests, living rooms, hospital wards, narrowboats, roundhouses and castles. He completed a PhD on contemporary storytelling at Sheffield University’s National Centre for English Cultural Tradition in 2001 and has lectured in creative writing at Derby University since 1996. His work with Tim Ralphs on the epic of Gilgamesh was awarded Best Collaboration at the 2012 BASE Awards. He co-wrote the script for the award-winning documentary 'Contempt of Conscience' (2008). His first work on the Arthurian cycle, The Legend of Vortigern, was published by the History Press in 2013. His second book, South Yorkshire Folktales (with Damien Barker), was published in Autumn 2015.