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Michael Stewart is a multi-award winning writer, born and brought up in Salford, who moved to Yorkshire in 1995 and is now based in Bradford. He has written several full length stage plays, one of which, Karry Owky, was joint winner of the King’s Cross Award for New Writing, as well as securing work in radio and television.

He was the winner of the BBC Alfred Bradley Award in 2003 and his plays have been performed in Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, London, and extensively throughout the country. His BBC Radio 4 play Excluded was shortlisted for the Imison Award 2008. His latest BBC Radio 4 play Castaway was broadcast in February 2010.

He was writer in residence at Theatre in the Mill in Bradford, and is now senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield, where he is the director of the Huddersfield Literature Festival and the editor of Grist Books. He is also the founding member of Dark and Dirty – an arts initiative funded by the Arts Council, set up to explore the hinterland of narrative art.

His fiction has been published widely in anthologies and magazines, including Route, Leaf Books, Brand Magazine and Aesthetica. His debut novel, King Crow, was published in January 2011 by Bluemoose Books and was the winner of the Guardian’s Not The Booker award. It was selected as a recommended read for World Book Night. Café Assassin was published in March 2015, also by Bluemoose Books.

Research & Scholarship

"The Flawed Story: an Exploratory and Critical Examination of the Importance of Modern Narrative. "

In teaching creative writing, it is sometimes asserted that there are a set of principles which are objective tools for constructing and evaluating satisfying narratives. 'Taste ' is subjective and has no place in this way of examining story.

But is 'taste ' always a moral response and/or an aesthetic one? And how does the atomised nature of modern social structures impinge on the narratives we construct and engage with?

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Stewart, M (2013) ‘The Blue & The Dim & The Dark Cloths’. In: The Blue & The Dim & The Dark Cloths. Galley Beggar Press. .

Stewart, M (2013) Dead Man’s Suit [Audio]

Stewart, M (2013) ‘This Is Where You Get OffIota Magazine (91).

Stewart, M (2013) Couples . : Valley Press. ISBN 9781908853226

Stewart, M (2013) ‘Mr Jolly’. In: Mr Jolly. The Reader: The Reader. . ISBN 9780956786296

Stewart, M (2013) ‘the man in the white coatRiptide , 8.


Stewart, M (2012) ‘Point of View: a conclusionLeaf Writer's Magazine (6). ISSN 2043-8850

Stewart, M (2012) A Complicated Way of Being Ignored . : Grist Books. ISBN 978-0956309921

Stewart, M (2012) Castaway [Audio]

Stewart, M (2012) ‘Point of View: second person, why are you are reading this?Leaf Writer's Magazine (5). ISSN 2043-8850

Stewart, M (2012) ‘CouplesAlbatross Magazine (1), p. 15. ISSN 2042-5406

Stewart, M (2012) ‘From Object to SubjectAlbatross Magazine (1), pp. 30-30. ISSN 2042-5406


Stewart, M (2011) ‘Clean’. In: Not Only the Dark: 160 Poems on the Theme of Survival. : Categorical Books. . ISBN 978-1904662150

Stewart, M (2011) Outside the Asylum . : Grist Books. ISBN 978-0956309914

Stewart, M (2011) The Shadow Of Your Hand [Artefact]

Stewart, M (2011) ‘Point of View: first person, the problem and power of partiality’Leaf Writer's Magazine (4). ISSN 2043-8850

Stewart, M (2011) ‘Point of View: third person, a default setting?Leaf Writer's Magazine (3). ISSN 2043-8850

Stewart, M (2011) King Crow . Hebden Bridge: Bluemoose Books. ISBN 9780956687616

Stewart, M (2011) ‘The Bald MenTears in the Fence (49). ISSN 0266-5816

Stewart, M (2011) ‘You Are Going BackTears in the Fence (48). ISSN 0266 5816


Stewart, M (2010) ‘Story Without Meaning’. In: We're Crème de la Crem. : Biscuit Publishing. . ISBN 978-1-903914-44-1

Stewart, M (2010) ‘Point of View: the perils and pitfallsLeaf Writer's Magazine (2). ISSN 2043-8850


Stewart, M (2009) ‘MonkeysBrand Magazine (4). ISSN 1754-0593

Stewart, M (2009) The Grist Anthology of New Writing . : Grist Books. ISBN 978-0956309907

Stewart, M (2009) ‘The phone callAesthetica Creative Works Annual 2009 . ISSN 1758-9932


Stewart, M (2008) Everyone Remembers Where They Were . : Wellhouse Publications. ISBN 0954782259

Stewart, M (2008) A Homecoming . : Wellhouse Publications. ISBN 0954782259

Stewart, M (2008) A Small Boy . : Wellhouse Publications. ISBN 0954782259

Gill, D. and Stewart, M. (2008) The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialising, Fadism and Commonism . : PDG Books . ISBN 9781905519040

Stewart, M (2008) ‘He Was Going Out’. In: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialising, Fadism and Commonism. Leeds: PDG Books. . ISBN 9781905519040


Stewart, M (2007) ‘This Enchanted IsleAesthetica Magazine (15). ISSN 1743-2715

Stewart, M (2007) ‘Third Person’. In: The Light That Remains and Other Stories. : Leaf Books. . ISBN 9781905599349

Stewart, M (2007) The Cleaners. n/a (Submitted).

Stewart, M (2007) Excluded [Audio]

Stewart, M (2007) ‘A Better DevilBrand literary magazine (1). ISSN 1754-0593


Stewart, M (2006) ‘A Turner for our TimeAesthetica Magazine (12). ISSN 1743-2715


Stewart, M (2004) ‘A Dog in a Bag’. In: Naked City. : Route Online. . ISBN 978-1901927238


Stewart, M (2002) Bambiha. n/a (Submitted).


Stewart, M (2001) Karry Owky. n/a (Submitted).


Stewart, M (2000) ‘BathHQ Poetry Magazine (23/24). ISSN 0960 3638

Stewart, M (2000) ‘SharkHQ Poetry Magazine (23/24). ISSN 0960 3638

Stewart, M (2000) ‘The Unnamable Mirror: The Reflective Identity in Beckett's Prose’. In: Poetry and Other Prose. : Rodopi. . ISBN 978-90-420-0700-0

Research Degree Supervision

Writing stage plays
Writing radio plays
Writing fiction
The relationship between social structures and narrative
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