Sean started writing poetry as a teenager. Then, in 1993, he came across a newspaper article which reported that a goat slaughtered by a cleric in Iran had been found to have teeth made of gold. He tried writing a story for children. It was called The Goat With The Golden Teeth. It won second prize in a competition run by The Independent and Scholastic Children's Books. Since then, Sean has focused on writing for young readers. He also works as a storyteller, and has many years' experience of working with stories and poetry in schools.