Stephen was born in Swansea, read English at Oxford, then studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to become a freelance director. He has worked for over thirty-five 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 the National Poetry Competition. He is the author of five books of poetry – Flowering Limbs, a Poetry Book Society Choice, shortlisted for the 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; Drizzle Mizzle Downpour Deluge; and, for younger readers, Sardines and Other Poems – as well as two pamphlets written in a phonetic version of a Swansea accent: The Sandfields Baudelaire and A Swansea Love Song. His novel, Mr Schnitzel, won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year in 2001. He and has been a judge of several book awards including the T S Eliot Prize.
- BA English Language & Literature, Oxford 1981
Teaching and Supervision
Creative writing: poetry, fiction, life writing.