Kenneth C. Steven moved to Highland Perthshire with his parents back in 1976, having spent early years in Helensburgh. The people and places of the heart of Scotland became the catalyst for his first poems and stories; he began writing seriously during university days in Glasgow. Both his father and mother had published books, so another typewriter in the house was hardly noticed.
Inspiration for poetry came first and foremost from Gaelic writers like Sorley Maclean and George Campbell Hay, and from Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney, poets embedded in their respective landscapes.
Kenneth now lives on the banks of the Tay in the village of Dunkeld, and from here he travels all over the UK undertaking events at festivals, in schools and through the library service. An ever-increasing amount of his programme happens overseas. In 2005 he made two radio programmes with the BBC; a series on the Sami people of Arctic Scandinavia, and a single programme on the story of the 50th anniversary of the evacuation of St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides. His intention is to work on new programmes in the future.