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Stephen Robert Kuta

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Stephen Robert Kuta (ˈkʉːˌta) [1][2][3][4] is an established Author, Poet[5], Historian[6], and Genealogist[7][8] based in the UK. He has published a number of highly regarded books and poetry anthologies. He is a 2nd cousin, 2x removed to British-Canadian folk musician Bill Plaskett and 3rd cousin, 1x removed to Canadian rock musician Joel Plaskett

Stephen Robert Kuta
Born11 June 1978
Chelmsford, Essex
OccupationAuthor, Historian, Genealogist
Period1997 - Present
GenreHistory, Genealogy, Biography, Poetry
Notable worksPaint The Sky with Stars, (Poetry and Prose in Remembrance of the Boxing Day Tsunami, 2004)
PartnerPeter Black

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Early life[edit | edit source]

Stephen Robert Kuta is the second eldest of five children and was born on the 11th June 1978 in Chelmsford, Essex, England. He is of English - Polish descent, his grandfather Jan Kuta[9] (1924 - 1978) of Katarynice, Lwów Voivodeship, Poland, spent much of World War II in a Nazi forced Labour Camp (Morbach concentration camp) prior to his arrival in the UK in 1945. During this period he suffered both interrogation and violence, and on one occassion both of his hands were broken by German Officers. His arrival in England was first spent in an Essex Polish Displacement camp, before he finally settled in nearby Maldon, Essex. Stephen was a keen humanities student at school and studied English language, English literature, history, and drama. Stephen is still fascinated by humanities and has continued to progress his studies in more detail. He has completed a history course with the Open University which focused upon the Great War, featuring studies into wartime poetry and literature.

Through Stephen's maternal Scottish descent from the Elphinstone Family, Stephen is 5th cousin, 5x removed to Sidney Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone[10] (1869 - 1955), a Scottish Nobleman styled; 16th Lord Elphinstone and 2nd Baron Elphinstone, KT FRSE FRSGS, his marriage to Lady Mary Bowes-Lyon[11] (1883 - 1961), makes Sidney an Uncle to Queen Elizabeth II.[12] Stephen's 7th great-grandfather James Gordon of Cobairdy[13] (1723 - 1773), took part in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, he was a companion of Charles Edward Stuart (1720 - 1778), James Gordon was husband to Lady Mary Forbes[14] (1725 - 1793) a direct descendant of the King James V of Scotland (1512 - 1542), making Stephen a 15th great-grandson[15] to this Scottish King.

Palaeography[edit | edit source]

Stephen also has vast interest in palaeography which has resulted in the transcription[16] of many probate records dating as far back as the early 16th century, many of these transcriptions have been published online[17]

Modelling[edit | edit source]

In addition to his studies and academic interests, Stephen is also keen on modelling, photography, dramatics and art. He has been showcased in the Model Citizen Magazine[18] and photographed by well respected London Photographers, and his photography portfolio is displayed in the book My Life in Pictures[19], which was published in 2018.

Published works[edit | edit source]

He successfully published selected prose and poetry[20][21] in several anthologies[22][23] in the 1990s, including works within the publications; Moments in the Garden[24] A Few Precious Thoughts[25] and A Quite Storm[26]. He has been recognised by the Sunday Mirror newspaper for his prose written in remembrance of Diana, Princess of Wales, and published within The Sunday Mirror, September 14th 1997, (Princess Diana Commemorative edition)[27].

In 2005, Stephen edited and published a limited edition book which was intended to bring together voices from around the world as a response to the tragic tsunami on Boxing Day 2004. Paint the Sky with Stars[28][29] features a collection of poetry written by people affected by the Tsunami which caused so much damage in South East Asia[30]. People from all sectors of society contributed to the anthology and the poetry is unique and reflective of the poets' thoughts surrounding this devastating natural disaster. The anthology is dedicated to the memory of everybody who died when the tsunami struck and to the people who survived this tragic event. All of the proceeds generated by the publication were donated to the Tsunami Earthquake Fund, and this book is now highly regarded as a valuable insight into social history. It is studied during several university degree courses[31].  

In 2018, he published his first selected works in the anthology Once I Write of Love[32], a fully illustrated and highly regarding publication.

The book, My Life in Pictures[19][33] is a photographic portfolio published in 2018. an autobiographical photo-biography which covers the life of a gay man over a period of four decades. All of the content is extremely personal and includes homoerotic photos. The Images include a range of self-portraits and professional shots, which were taken by Men Art. Much of the content of the book specifically focuses on LGBT Art, Stephen is an advocate for Gay rights and has supported the LGBT Community at pride events in Brighton, London and Manchester.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Paint The Sky With Stars

My Life in Pictures (1978 - 2018)

Mrs Mary Plaskett (1739 - 1827)

Once I Write of Love, Selected Poetry and Prose

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Singh, R.K (2010). Sense and Silence: Collected Poems. Yking Books. pp. Biographical Notes. ISBN 978-81-910588-2-6.
  2. Singh, Ram Krishna (2010). "Sense and Silence: Collected Poems". Sense and Silence: Collected Poems.
  3. Kuta, Stephen Robert. "Amazon Authors Page". Amazon Authors Page.
  4. Kuta, Stephen Robert (2018). Mrs Mary Plaskett (1739 - 1827). ISBN 9781388422561.
  5. Bomber, Julie (1997). For The Present. Peterborough: Penhaligon Page. ISBN 978-1862260078.
  6. "John Gordon of Forgue". Patricks People.
  7. "Rippington Origins". Rippington Family History.
  8. Kuta, Stephen Robert. "Maid Marion and the priory church of Little Dunmow". Friends of Flitch Way.
  9. Kuta, Stephen Robert (2018-06-04). "Information about Jan Kuta". The Lives of my Ancestors.
  10. Mosley, Charles (2003). Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd.
  11. Mosley, Charles (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd. p. 3784.
  12. "Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002" (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh, July 2006.
  13. "James Gordon of Cobairdy".
  14. Cokayne, George Edward (1900). The Complete Baronetage. 5 volumes. Gloucester, U.K: Alan Sutton Publishing. p. 345.
  15. "Lady Mary Forbes". Patricks People.
  16. Kuta, Stephen Robert (2014-06-19). "Henry Mintern (1699 – 1738) – The Last Will and Testament of Henry Mintourne". The Lives of my Ancestors.
  17. Kuta, Stephen Robert (2016-09-16). "Family Wills, Administrations and Inventories (1189 – 1900)". The Lives of my Ancestors.
  18. "Model Citizen Magazine". Model Citizen Magazine.
  19. 19.0 19.1 My Life in Pictures.
  20. Walton, Suzy (2001). A Winters Tale. Peterborough: Poetry Today / Penhaligon Page. ISBN 978-1862266568.
  21. A Quite Storm. International Library of Poetry. 1998. ISBN 9781575534152.
  22. Byars, Ruth (1998). The Natural World. Peterborough: Poetry Today / Penhaligon Page. ISBN 978-1862260641.
  23. WALTON, Suzy (2001). Eastern Voices. peterborough: Poetry Today / Penhaligon Page. ISBN 978-1862266711.
  24. Moments in the Garden. Bath, Ohio: The Poetry Guild, Bath, Ohio. 1998. ISBN 978-1888680348.
  25. A Few Precious Thoughts. THE POETRY GUILD. 1997. ISBN 978-1888680201.
  26. Piper, Tiffany (1997). A Quite Storm. International Society of Poets. ISBN 9781575534152.
  27. "The Sunday Mirror, Weekly Newspaper". Princess Diana, Commemorative Edition. Trinity Mirror. September 1997.
  28. "Woman's Own". Time Inc. April 2015.
  29. Kuta, Stephen Robert (2005). Paint The Sky With Stars. Re-invention U.K. LTD. ISBN 9780954989903.
  30. "2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake Tsunami". 2018-10-09.
  31. Jacklin, Michael R. (2013). "His Grief is the Plague". Faculty of Law, Humanities and Arts Papers.
  32. Kuta, Stephen Robert (2018). Once I Write of Love. ISBN 9781388407513.
  33. Kuta, Stephen Robert (2018). My Life in Pictures (1978 - 2018). ISBN 9781388504199.

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