Stephen Knight

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
Email s.knight (
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7433

See also: Stephen Knight at the Goldsmiths Writers' Centre.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Oxford)

Stephen was born in Swansea in 1960, read English at Jesus College, Oxford, then studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to become a freelance director with a particular interest in new writing. He has worked for thirty years as a creative-writing tutor in schools, colleges, The City Lit, the University of South Wales and Goldsmiths.

In 1987 he received an Eric Gregory Award and in 1992 won first prize in the National Poetry Competition. He is the author of four books of poetry – Flowering Limbs, a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the T. S. Eliot Prize; Dream City Cinema, also shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize; The Prince of Wails; and, for younger readers, Sardines and Other Poems – and two pamphlets written in a phonetic version of a Swansea accent: The Sandfields Baudelaire and A Swansea Love Song.

Stephen Knight has also published a novel, Mr Schnitzel, which won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year in 2001.

Research Interests

Creative writing: poetry, fiction, life writing.



A Swansea Love Song
Knight, Stephen E.. 2017. A Swansea Love Song. Sheffield: Smith/Doorstop Books. ISBN 978-1910367773

The Prince of Wails
Knight, Stephen E.. 2012. The Prince of Wails. London: CB editions. ISBN 9780956735966

Sardines and Other Poems
Knight, Stephen E.. 2004. Sardines and Other Poems. Young Picador. ISBN 0330413562

Mr Schnitzel
Knight, Stephen E.. 2001. Mr Schnitzel. Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN 978-0140287318

Dream City Cinema
Knight, Stephen E.. 1997. Dream City Cinema. Bloodaxe Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1852243760

The Sandfields Baudelaire
Knight, Stephen E.. 1996. The Sandfields Baudelaire. Smith/Doorstop Books. ISBN 978-1869961787

Flowering Limbs
Knight, Stephen E.. 1993. Flowering Limbs. Bloodaxe Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1852242466


Long Before The End [poem]
Knight, Stephen E.. 2018. Long Before The End [poem]. Poetry Wales, 54(1), ISSN 0332-2202

In Which We Are Cast As Ourselves [Poem]
Knight, Stephen E.. 2018. In Which We Are Cast As Ourselves [Poem]. Times Literary Supplement, ISSN 0307-661

Where This Train Terminates [Poem]
Knight, Stephen E.. 2017. Where This Train Terminates [Poem]. London Review of Books, 39(12), p. 40. ISSN 0260-9592

As I Live and Breathe [Poem]
Knight, Stephen E.. 2016. As I Live and Breathe [Poem]. Times Literary Supplement, ISSN 0307-661

Are We There Yet? [poem]
Knight, Stephen E.. 2016. Are We There Yet? [poem]. Times Literary Supplement, ISSN 0307-661

Sh [poem]
Knight, Stephen E.. 2015. Sh [poem]. Poetry Review, 105(2), ISSN 0032-2156

A Portable Joye [poem]
Knight, Stephen E.. 2015. A Portable Joye [poem]. Poetry London(81), ISSN 1479-2591

Swimming for Beginners [poem]
Knight, Stephen E.. 2015. Swimming for Beginners [poem]. Times Literary Supplement, ISSN 0307661