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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Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela was born in 1964 in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She studied for a degree in Econom...

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Ackroyd Peter new photo c Charles Hopkinson

Novelist, biographer and poet Peter Ackroyd was born in London on 5 October 1949. He graduated from ...

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JohnAgard

Playwright, poet, short-story and children's writer John Agard was born on 21 June 1949 in British G...

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Patience Agbabi c Lyndon Douglas

Patience Agbabi is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. She was born in London in 1965 to Nig...

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Brian Aldiss by Wendy Aldiss 2015 2938

Poet, playwright, critic, fiction and science-fiction writer Brian W(ilson) Aldiss was born on 18 Au...

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Allnutt Sarah Banks

Gillian Allnutt was born on 15 January 1949 in London, but spent much of her childhood in Newcastle ...

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David Almond

David Almond was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1951 and grew up in the small mining town of Felling...

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Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and came to England when she was a few months old. She gre...

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Rachel Anderson was born in 1943 and worked for 20 years for BBC Radio, newspapers and magazines as ...

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Simon Armitage credit Paul Wolfgang Webster website

Poet and novelist Simon Armitage was born in 1963 in Huddersfield, England. After studying Geography...

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Jake Arnott c Cristian Barnett

Jake Arnott was born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1961. His novel, The Long Firm, the story of the...

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Kate Atkinson CURRENT c Euan Myles

Kate Atkinson was born in York in 1951 and studied English Literature at Dundee University. After gr...

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Margaret Atwood c Jean Malek web

Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1939. She is the daughter of a forest entomologist, ...

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

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Alan Ayckbourn c Adrian Gatie web

Sir Alan Ayckbourn was born in London in 1939, and has worked in theatre all his life. He has undert...

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Paul Bailey c Jonathan Ring web

Writer and broadcaster Paul Bailey was born on 16 February 1937. He won a scholarship to the Central...

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Bandele Biyi Credit Manuel Vason

Biyi Bandele was born in Nigeria in 1967, and now lives in London. He has written several plays, and...

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Nick Barlay

Nick Barlay is the author of three novels: Curvy Lovebox (1997); Crumple Zone (2000); and  Hooky Gea...

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Simon Barraclough c Jamie Ryan

Simon Barraclough was born and raised in Huddersfield and studied at the Universities of Nottingham ...

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Sebastian Barry credit Photograph courtesy of the Irish Times

Sebastian Barry was born on 5 July 1955 in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. His acade...

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From Our Blog

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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