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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Denis Bond 09

Denis Bond first worked as an actor on stage and in television, then became a teacher for some years...


William Boyd c Marzena Pogorzaly web

William Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana, on 7 March 1952. He was educated at Gordonstoun School, Glasg...


Author photo Michael Bracewell

Writer, novelist and cultural commentator Michael Bracewell was born in London in 1958. Educated at ...


Melvyn Bragg

Broadcaster, writer and novelist Melvyn Bragg was born on 6 October, 1939 in Wigton, Cumbria, in the...


Breeze Tehron Royes web

Jean 'Binta' Breeze was born in Jamaica in 1957. She studied at the Jamaican School of Drama with Mi...


Christopher Brookmyre c Chris Close HS WEB

Novelist Christopher Brookmyre was born in Glasgow on 6 September 1968 and educated at Glasgow Unive...


Jerry Brotton

Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He is the auth...


Alan Brownjohn Black White David Barton

Poet Alan Brownjohn was born in London on 28 July 1931 and was educated at Merton College, Oxford. H...


Byatt AS Credit Michael Trevillion

Dame A(ntonia) S(usan) Byatt was born on 24 August 1936 in Yorkshire. She was educated at a Quaker s...


Ciaran Carson c Gerard Carson

Poet and novelist Ciaran Carson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1948. After graduating fro...


Miranda Carter c Roderick Field colour web

Miranda Carter, biographer, was educated at St. Paul's Girls' School and Exeter College, Oxford. She...


Aidan Chambers

Aidan Chambers was born in Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, in 1934. In 1953 after undergoing National...



Born in Calcutta, India, in 1962, Amit Chaudhuri was brought up in Bombay. He graduated from Univers...


Shirley Chew Photo

Shirley Chew is Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Leeds. S...


AnnCleeves Author Pic c Micha Theiner

Novelist Ann Cleeves was born in Herefordshire in 1954 and in 2014 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate...


Clifton Pat McGuigan

Poet Harry Clifton was born in Dublin in 1952, and educated at Blackrock College and University Coll...


Jonathan Coe High Res

Novelist Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge,...



Freelance writer, poet and translator, David Constantine was born in Salford, Lancashire, in 1944. H...


Sophie Cooke c Doug Denholm

Sophie Cooke was born in 1976 and grew up in Stirlingshire. She studied Social Anthopology at the Un...


Wendy Cope

Poet Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent in 1945 and read History at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She ...