Stephen Thompson was born in Hackney to Jamaican parents. His first novel, Toy Soldiers, about a young man’s attempts to overcome his drug addiction, was published in 2000 to critical acclaim.
He has written several novels and plays. He was a member of the influential Royal Court Young People’s Theatre.
He has lectured in Creative Writing at a variety of educational establishments, including Birkbeck College and the University of Edinburgh; he is the recipient of an Arts Council New Writers Bursary and is a former Hawthornden Fellow. Thompsons work has been published in: The Voice, Five Dials, Observer, Arena, Scotland on Sunday, The Idler and Sleazenation. He is publisher of the Colverstone Review.