Lucas Stewart was born in Birkenhead and has spent 20 years living in Asia and Africa, including Iraq, Myanmar and Sudan.

A former literature advisor to the British Council, he worked with ethnic minority writers and poets in conflict areas.  His essays and reportage, on literary censorship and freedom of expression have appeared in numerous publications including English PEN, PEN America, the Asia Literary Review and the Diplomat.

His debut non-fiction, The People Elsewhere: Unbound Journeys with the Storytellers of Myanmar (Penguin/Viking, 2016) was shortlisted for the 2018 Saroyan International Prize

He co-edited, with Alfred Birnbaum, Hidden Words, Hidden Worlds, the first anthology of translated short stories from Myanmar published in the UK.

His own short stories have been published in Asia and the UK winning the inaugural Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction, longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Award, nominated for Best of the Net and twice anthologised by Comma Press, including most recently in Resist: Stories of Uprising (2019).

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2017, he is currently working on his first novel, Limbolands.