Stephen Knight

Staff details


Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing


English and Creative Writing


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Stephen has research interests in creative writing and is a published writer of poetry and fiction.

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

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.. 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