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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Ed Hillyer ILYA

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


Kazuo+Ishiguro credit Jeff+Cottenden web

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, on 8 November 1954. He came to Britain in 1960 when his ...


Jack Ian Credit The Guardian web

Ian Jack became the editor of Granta magazine in 1995, and remained in the post until 2007. Previous...


Howard Jacobson c Jenny Jacobson web

Born in Manchester, England in 1942, novelist and broadcaster Howard Jacobson was educated at Cambri...


Jamie Kathleen Eamonn McCabe

Kathleen Jamie was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1962. She studied philosophy at Edinburgh Unive...



Alan Jenkins was born in Surrey in 1955 and brought up in London. He studied at the University of Su...



Born in Dublin in 1930, Jennifer Johnston's first published novel was The Captains and the Kings (19...


kathleenjones1 web

Kathleen Jones has published poetry, feature articles and short fiction in a variety of magazines in...



Born in Sheffield, Owen spent his childhood in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Degree studies took hi...


Anjali Joseph c C J Humphries

Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978. Her family moved to England in 1985 and she later studied ...


Karnezis Panos Credit Vana Avgerinou web

Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967 and came to England in 1992. He studied engineering and wo...


Kapka Kassabova c Marti Friedlander

Kapka Kassabova was born and raised in Bulgaria in the 1970s and 1980s, and educated at the French C...


Jackie Kaye Website

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She w...


Billy Kay web

Writer and broadcaster Billy Kay was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1951 and read English Literature...


Judith Kazantzis

Judith Kazantzis was born in 1940 and grew up in East Sussex. She studied history, and then lived fo...


Keates Jonathan Credit Jerry Bauer web

Jonathan Keates was born in Paris, France in 1946. Educated at Bryanston and Magdalen College, Oxfor...


Brigid Keenan cAlan Waddams web

Brigid Keenan was born in India in 1939. Her career as a journalist began on the Daily Express, movi...


Richard T Kelly credit Sarah Lee

Richard T. Kelly was born in 1970 and grew up in Northern Ireland. He is a novelist, screenwriter, b...


James Kelman 2012 USE CAngusBremner web

James Kelman's early fiction includes the short-story collections An Old Pub Near the Angel (1973) a...


Novelist and short-story writer A(lison) L(ouise) Kennedy was born in Dundee, Scotland on 22 October...