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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TashAw StacyLiu 2106 Version 3 web

Tash Aw was born in Taiwan to Malaysian parents and grew up in Kuala Lumpar. He moved to England in ...


Patrick Benson

Patrick Benson was born in 1956 and was educated at Eton. He studied classical drawing in Florence, ...


Sir Quentin Blake is one of Britain's most successful illustrators and children's authors. He was bo...


Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs was born in London in 1934, and studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Slade Scho...


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Anthony Browne is a children's author/illustrator and lives in Kent. He was born in Sheffield in 194...


John Burningham web

John Burningham was born in 1936 in Farnham, Surrey, and attended the alternative school, Summerhill...


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Emma Chichester Clark was born in 1955 and studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of...


Lauren Child c Polly Borland

Lauren Child was born in 1967 and grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She studied Art at Manchester P...


Selma Dabbagh web

Selma Dabbagh was born in Scotland in 1970 and now lives in London. She is of British Palestinian or...


Lindsey Davis author photo 2012 web

Lindsey Davis has been a historical novelist for nearly thirty years.  She began writing about the R...



Andy Diggle is an award-winning freelance comic-book writer, currently under exclusive contract to M...



Sara Fanelli was born in 1969 in Florence, where she studied for a Diploma di Maturita at the Liceo ...


Georgina Ferry Photo web

Science writer Georgina Ferry is a freelance writer, editor and broadcaster. Born in Hong Kong in 19...


Michael Foreman website

Michael Foreman was born in Suffolk in 1938 and grew up near Lowestoft. He studied at Lowestoft Art ...


Karen Fransman photo web

Karrie Fransman was born in Edinburgh. She studied psychology and sociology at the University of Lee...


Neil Gaiman c Kimberley Butler web

Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, in 1960 and since 1992 has lived in the United States, curren...



Gibbons is a graphic novels writer and illustrator, born in London in 1949. He broke into British co...


Mark Haddon c Rory Carnegie

Mark Haddon was born in Northampton in 1962. He graduated from Oxford University in 1981, returning ...


MO HAYDER Margaret Lister high res web

Mo Hayder is an author of crime and thriller fiction. She left school at 15, and after a series of j...


Ed Hillyer ILYA

Ed Hillyer – also known as ILYA – is a British writer and artist. His books include the award-winnin...


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Journeys in Translation

By Emma Lee and Ambrose Musiyiwa

How does poetry travel across borders and languages? Ambrose Musiyiwa and Emma Lee, two poets from Leicester who are coordinating a multi-lingual poetry project called Journeys in Translations, discuss their inspirations and explain how you too can get involved.

Hay Festival Wales 2017 Podcast: Indian and Welsh authors explore the meaning of place

By Daisy Leitch

Welsh and Indian authors reflect on the theme of place in their writing at this podcast recorded at the Hay Festival Wales 2017. The poets took part in the Hay Mela: a series of events at Hay Festival that were part of the UK India Year of Culture 2017- a year of cultural exchange marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence.

Hay Festival Wales 2017 Podcast: celebrating 30 years of the Hay festival with 30 reformations by writers

By Daisy Leitch

30 Reformations – 500 years after Martin Luther sparked a theological revolution with his 95 Theses, Hay Festival invited a series of world leading writers and thinkers to imagine a different world in conversations, lectures and essays. We spoke to 3 of the authors and asked what would you reform?

Hay Festival Wales 2017 Podcast: the importance of story telling and translation for young people

By Daisy Leitch

In this podcast, recorded at the Hay Festival 2017, we look at the importance of literature and books for young people: and we ask what is the value for younger readers of literature in translation and why is it important to discover stories from other countries?

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