Dr Stephen Skinner took his degree in English Literature and Geography at Sydney University. Initially, he worked as a Geography lecturer. Research in Hong Kong lead in 1976 to Stephen writing the first English book on feng shui written in the 20th century, the Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui. This book first brought feng shui to the attention of the Western world.
When Western interest in feng shui began to be noticeable in the 1980s, Stephen produced Feng Shui: the Traditional Oriental Way which became an instant bestseller.
In 1998 he launched the Feng Shui for Modern Living monthly magazine, whose first issue sold 121,000 copies, more than either Elle Décor or Wallpaper magazines in the UK. In 1999 he was nominated as PPA ‘Publisher of the Year’ for his work in launching this magazine. This magazine helped popularize feng shui around the world, and it was distributed in 41 countries. He even produced a Chinese language edition in Taipei which ran successfully for 34 issues.
In the same year he launched the ‘London International Feng Shui Conference,’ the largest feng shui conference ever held in UK/Europe, then or since, with 700 attendees and four simultaneous lecture theatres. The following year Stephen gave one of the three Doyle lectures in New York, sharing the bill with Martha Stewart Living and Country Living magazines.
In 1999 he was honoured for his contributions to traditional Chinese culture, by being invited to Manila in the Philippines for the official celebrations of Chinese New Year, as the guest of the Mayors of both Manila and Makati.
In 2004 he was part of the Committee, along with Masters Tan Koon Yong, Yap Cheng Hai, Vincent Koh and Raymond Lo who founded the International Feng Shui Association (IFSA) in Singapore. He has since lectured at a number of their feng shui Conventions. During all this period he practised feng shui for both commercial and domestic properties.
Stephen has published more than a dozen books on feng shui, including Advanced Flying Star Feng Shui, K.I.S.S. Guide to Feng Shui Compass, Feng Shui the Traditional Oriental Way, Practical Makeovers, Feng Shui Before & After, and the beautiful Feng Shui Style.
He has also published four translations of feng shui classics: The Water Dragon, The Original Eight Mansions Formula, The Key San He Feng Shui Formulas, and The Mountain Dragon.
In October 2015 the title of Grand Master was conferred on Stephen at the 12th Annual Convention of the International Feng Shui Association in Shanghai.
Stephen Skinner is the author of over 46 books, translated into more than 20 different languages. He lives in London, where he researches, writes and does feng shui consultation.