Born Chesterfield, Derbyshire. After Cambridge he was an English Teacher and Head of Department in South Yorkshire. Became a full time writer in 1976. He was Young Writers' Tutor at the Royal Court Theatre from 1981-1984. In the 1990s he also tutored a dozen promising young playwrights at the National Theatre Studio, without destroying their careers. He has now written over forty performed plays (to his surprise), at first mainly in television, now mainly radio - entirely one offs and near exclusively biographical. Stephen was The Royal Literary Society Writer in Residence at universities in Leeds and Kent, 2009-12. Stephen has recently, and enjoyably, been Writer in Residence at St. Cuthbert’s Society, Durham University. While there he began writing the essays which constitute the next section LIFE AFTER A HEART JOB. They’re valedictory, he realises, and constitute a kind of rough autobiography of a writer’s life. Using the hyperlinks they needn’t be read sequentially.