Stephen Wilson was born in London in 1944. He trained at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, qualifying as a doctor in 1968. He went on to undertake research at Merton College, Oxford, a city where he has lived and worked since the early 1970’s. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was formerly Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.
Having retired from a professional career in medicine, he now devotes himself to work as a writer. His first collection of poems, Fluttering Hands, was published in 2008, followed by Things Hard for Thought in 2013. His poems have appeared in the London Review of Books, The Rialto, Magma, Stand, Poetry Durham, The English Review, The Reader, The New Welsh Review, Poetry News and other magazines and anthologies. In 2013 he published a novella, Sonata in Four Movements.
He has contributed numerous reviews and articles to academic journals and newspapers including Encounter, TLS, The Guardian, The Independent and New York Times. He is also the author of Isaac Rosenberg, The Bloomsbury Book of the Mind, Introducing the Freud Wars, Sigmund Freud (A Pocket Biography), The Cradle of Violence: Essays on Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Literature and has recently published a study of modern Anglo-Jewish poetry, Poetics of the Diaspora.
His translations from the French of Irène Némirovsky’s, Le Pion sur l’échiquier (The Pawn on the Chessboard) and L’Enfant Génial (The Child Prodigy) are available on Kindle UK. In 2010 he was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. He is a trustee of the Poetry Society, UK.