Stephen Morris was born in Smethwick, Birmingham. He attended Moseley Road Art School, Fircroft College, Marieborgs College Sweden and Universities of Cardiff and Leicester.
After school he spent time in the Royal Air Force as a medic and for seventeen years was a senior lecturer in an Art College which became a Polytechnic later to become a University. Before and after, he had various professions including journalism, social work and social research worker. During this time he has published 10 books of poetry, one volume of children's stories and one play. Five of his plays have been produced and over the years his work has appeared on Radio and Television.
During the last twenty years he has had over fifty one man exhibitions and his work has been shown in many group exhibitions.
In the 1970's and 80's Stephen Morris gave over 1000 performances of his poetry. From Alaska to Borneo, from San Francisco to Bombay and from Stockholm to The British Council and various Arts Associations.
His work has appeared in a number of magazines, journals and periodicals including: The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Peace News, Rolling Stone and Twentieth Century Magazine. At one time he was a regular contributor to Tribune and his visual poetry appeared weekly in The Observer. He has performed his work at Literary Festivals, Universities, Folk Clubs, Arts Centres and in Schools and Colleges. Over the years he has undertaken a number of Writers in Residences as well as Artist in Residence. In 2001 he was made a Companion of the Guild of St George a society that was founded by John Ruskin. In 2003 he was commissioned by the British Art Medal Society to design a medal of his own choice. The subject of the medal with words and images is the Holocaust, taken from his book 'To Forgive the Unforgivable'.
In the Summer of 2004, his exhibition called 'The Spectacular - The Sensational', images from the South-West USA, opened at the Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, before going on tour. In 2005 his exhibition 'La Femme' opened at the Asturias Galeria in Viana do Castelo in Portugal.
In the last few years poetry by Stephen Morris has been published in the following magazines, Connections, Quantum Leap, Purple Patch, Linkway, and Dial 174.
It has been observed by a few people that this web-site has not been chronologically updated on a regular basis. From January Ist 2012 this will change with a six monthly record of important events.
Since the last entry on this page, Stephen Morris has had over 20 solo exhibitions, has published three books of poetry, and has travelled a great deal. His ‘Homage’ exhibition has been presented at seven Galleries opening at the ‘ Brink Gallery’ in Vledder, Holland and then the Wednesbury Art Gallery in the West Midlands as well venues in France. His connection with Malta continues. Giving readings there and his work featured on the front cover of the April edition (2009) of ‘The Teacher’ magazine.
Plans for 2014 are well underway.
To follow recent activities of Stephen Morris click Future Events
Archive Material - Sources
ARCHIVE MATERIAL ABOUT STEPHEN MORRIS WHICH IS ACCOMODATED IN THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
WMCLC Catalogue of books by Stephen Morris Shrewsbury Reference Library, Great Britain. www 3.Shropshire-cc.gov.uk