Stephen Knight

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
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Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7433

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.

Academic qualifications

  • BA English Language & Literature, Oxford 1981

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

Creative writing: poetry, fiction, life writing.

Publications and research outputs


Knight, Stephen E.. 2020. Drizzle Mizzle Downpour Deluge. London: CB editions. ISBN 9781909585317

Knight, Stephen E.. 2017. A Swansea Love Song. Sheffield: Smith/Doorstop Books. ISBN 9781910367773

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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