Seán was born in Somerset, and grew up in the Mendip Hills. He studied in Plymouth (history, film, and religion & philosophy), and then worked in London as a bookseller for many years. In 2009, he relocated to Edinburgh.
He won the 2011 Wigtown Poetry Competition, and in 2017 a Templar Poetry Portfolio Pamphlet Award for The Girl Who Got onto the Ferry in Citizen Kane. He has been shortlisted for the Plough Poetry Prize, and the Bridport Poetry Prize. In 2012, Seán was selected by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature as an Emerging Writer.
Seán is also the author of a number of bestselling works of non-fiction, including The Knights Templar: The History & Myths of the Legendary Military Order, A Short History of the Cathars (originally published as The Cathars: The Rise & Fall of the Great Heresy), The Gnostics: The First Christian Heretics, and Andrei Tarkovsky.
His work is currently available in 8 languages.
Seán writes: This website contains details of all my books, both summaries of what they contain and reflections on how and why I wrote them. Some of the content on this site is exclusive, and is not available elsewhere.
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