Writers Directory

This unique, searchable database contains profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth's most important living writers, as well as writers from these regions whom we have worked with. Included in the profiles are biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, and information about awards.

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Andrew Motion credit Johnny Ring

Professor Andrew Motion was born in London on 26 October 1952, and read English at University Colleg...

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Paul Muldoon credit Michael Potiker

Paul Muldoon was born in Portadown, County Armagh, in 1951. He read English at Queen's University, B...

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Meredith Oakes is a playwright and translator, and one of the Royal Court Theatre's new generation o...

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Originally a Natural Sciences graduate with a PhD in optoelectronics, Mario Petrucci works as a free...

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Poet and critic Craig Raine was born on 3 December 1944 in Bishop Auckland, England, and read Englis...

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Piers Paul Read c Jonathan Ring

Novelist and playwright Piers Paul Read was born in Beaconsfield on 7 March 1941. He was educated at...

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Michael Symmons Roberts was born in Preston, Lancashire, in 1963. He read Philosophy and Theology at...

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Born in 1952 in Calcutta, India, Vikram Seth was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Stanfor...

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Owen Sheers was born in Fiji in 1974 and brought up in Abergavenny, South Wales. He was educated at ...

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Simpson Helen Credit Celia Clark website

Helen Simpson was born in Bristol and grew up in London. She read English at Oxford University, wher...

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Ali Smith 2015 Sarah Wood website

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge.   Her books have won and been shortl...

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Novelist and short-story writer Atima Srivastava was born in Mumbai, India, in 1961 and has lived in...

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George Szirtes was born in 1948 in Budapest and came to England as a refugee following the Hungarian...

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Jeet Thayil was born in Kerala, India in 1959 and was educated in Hong Kong, New York and Bombay. He...

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Poet, critic and translator Professor Jeffrey Wainwright was born in Stoke-on-Trent. He taught at th...

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Novelist, critic and cultural historian Marina Warner was born in London on 9 November 1946 to an En...

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Winterson Jeanette Credit Sam Churchill website

Novelist Jeanette Winterson was born in Manchester, England in 1959. She was adopted and brought up ...

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Louisa Young press shot MAIN credit Sarah Lee website

Louisa Young is the author of a trilogy of novels: Baby Love (1997); Desiring Cairo (1999); and Tree...

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