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Steven Porter

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Early Life

Steven Stones Porter was born in Inverness, Scotland in 1969 and grew up in the nearby town of Forres. After leaving school, he worked as a shop assistant, potato picker, creel maker and paving manufacturer. Inspired by Ray Davies, Paul Weller, Morrissey and Leonard Cohen, he began writing song lyrics for a band on the local music scene.

Early Writing

Aged 20, he moved to Edinburgh and joined the Gorgie/Dalry writers group in the early 90’s. During this period, his first published poems appeared in Scottish literary magazines. Edinburgh poets like the late Tessa Ransford (Lines Review editor and founder of the Scottish Poetry library) and Sandie Craigie (Rebel Inc. prime mover) were among the first to show an interest in his work.


Returned to education and gained a General Arts degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1998. After majoring in Hispanic Studies (Spanish Language and Spanish & Latin American Literature), he moved to Spain. Working as an itinerant English teacher, these experiences in Galicia, Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia were reflected in The Iberian Horseshoe – A Journey, published by e-book pioneers Badosa (Barcelona, 2007).

Translating & Poetry

Finished a translation course with International House in Barcelona and returned to Scotland from 2002-2004. At this time, he became involved with the Lemon Tree Writers in Aberdeen, where his first collection of poems, Shellfish and Umbrellas, was published in 2008. Some of these poems and other work have caught the eye of editors in Scotland, England, Spain, North America and Turkey. Stones Porter has translated literary work from Spanish, Portuguese, Galician and Catalan into his native languages: English and Scots.

Published Books

Fiction(al Memoir)

Countries of the World, Breogan Books, Scotland/Spain, 2011.

Available online from Amazon and Waterstones websites:


Synopsis: A translator, completes an assignment about human rights abuses in South America. He returns to the fictional Scottish town of Breogan to write a book about football. Part fiction and part memoir, Countries of the World reflects a boyhood fascination with sport and distant events. The narrator looks back on his small-town life and some of the major episodes of the era concerning the UK and South America: Thatcherism, The Falklands War, World Cups, military coups, dictatorships and disappearances. This short novel is liberally sprinkled with journalistic essays and critical musings on 'the beautiful game'.

Extracts at Steve Porter’s World of Books blog:


Short Stories

Blurred Girl and Other Suggestive Stories, Thunderclap Press, New Jersey, USA, 2010.



Shellfish & Umbrellas, Koo Press, Aberdeen, Scotland, 2008.


16 Poemas, Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, Merseyside, England, 2012.


Travel Literature

The Iberian Horseshoe – A Journey is available from Amazon and for free download on ePub compatible devices from Badosa, Spain 2007.




Script for Beyond the Haar, a visual poem and eulogy to the city of Aberdeen. The film won a Van Gogh Award at the 2013 Amsterdam Film Festival and has been shown at other film festivals and independent cinemas in the UK. Watch it here.


Current Projects

Edina Street - a play for stage or screen - is a loose sequel to the novella Countries of the World. Donnie Stein, a skint music-loving teenager from the Highlands, sets off in search of work and adventure in the Scottish capital.

Samples of Translated Poems and Flash Fiction

[9] Eduardo Estévez

[10] Antoni Canu

[11] Emerson Wislow

Some Ezines and Magazines that have Published Stones-Porter's Work

3:AM Magazine, Poetry Scotland, Parasitic, Laura Hird, Dogmatika, Lit Up Magazine, Bad Marmalade (now defunct), Istanbul Literary Review, Glasgow Review, Silenced Press, Hemingway’s Shotgun, Literary Tonic, Orbis, Football Poets, Cutting Teeth, Lines Review (defunct), Northwords (presently Northwords Now), Poems-For-All (little booklets scattered around town in Sacramento, California).

Articles and Reviews about the Writer

[12] By literary translator Jonathan Dunne

[13] Football Book Reviews website on Countries of the World

Other Links

[14] A few recent poems at 3:am

[15] Steve Porter's World of Books

[16] Galidonia - about Galician topics/life in Galicia

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