author / screenwriter
Stephen is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist.
Stephen works as a Consultant in Liaison Psychiatry in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, mainly in the emergency department and renal transplant unit. He has written or co-written many scientific papers, books, book chapters, and editorials in the fields of non-cardiac chest pain, transplant psychiatry, and euthanasia. He has also contributed chapters to the Edinburgh textbooks of psychiatry and medicine, which have between them sold 200,000 copies worldwide.
Stephen took up writing for children (age range 10-12 and older) in the 1990s, beginning with a loosely connected trilogy collectively known as The Running Tide. The three books (Compass Murphy, The Ship Thief, Hunting Gumnor) cover the period from the mid 19th century to the present day, and are variously set in Britain, Greenland and Alaska. Described as “good, old-fashioned tales of courage and adventure” (Book of the Week, Observer, 2001) they pit child protagonists against the dangers of the ocean and the polar ice, as well as the wrath of malevolent adults.
feature film - genre: horror
status: in pre-development with Iron Box Films
FILM: The Report (adaptation - ItchyFish Films) - On the Water (adaptation of HM van den Brink's novel) - The Butterfly Tattoo* (Dynamic Entertainment - commissioned to adapt Philip Pullman’s novel)
NOVELS: Hunting Gumnor (Mammoth Books) - Operation Hope (Barrington Stoke) - Into The Storm (Barrington Stoke) - Abigail’s Gift (Egmont Books) - Compass Murphy (Egmont Books) - The Ship Thief (Egmont Books) - Tommy Trouble (Mammoth Books - nominated for the Carnegie Medal)
RADIO: Grandmother's Footsteps (BBC Radio 4)
* Toured festivals in 2008, winning several awards, including Best Adaptation at the New York Independent Film Festival.
The Ship Thief
At the Mercy of the Sea
The Butterfly Tattoo