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


Patience Agbabi c Lyndon Douglas

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


David Almond

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


Rachel Anderson selfie

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


PhilipArdagh c Dominic Turner

Philip Ardagh is a prolific writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction. He was born in 1...



Ronda Armitage was born in New Zealand. She is the author of many books for children, including the ...


Margaret Atwood c Jean Malek web

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


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 ...



Rajeev Balasubramanyam was born in 1974 in Lancashire, and originates from Southern India. He is a g...


Bandele Biyi Credit Manuel Vason

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


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...


Ronan Bennett

Ronan Bennett was born on 14 January 1956 in Belfast, Ireland. He was educated at King's College, Lo...


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Alan Bennett was born in 1934 in Leeds. He studied at Exeter College, Oxford, then after a period of...


Patrick Benson

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


Richard Berengarten

Poet Richard Berengarten (formerly Burns) was born in London in 1943 into a family of musicians. He ...


Berry Sal Idriss

James Berry was born in 1924 in Jamaica and after working in the US for a time, settled in Britain i...


Julie Bertagna Author Photo copyright Donald MacLeod

Julie Bertagna writes for children and young adults. She was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and studied...



Anne Billson is a film critic, novelist and photographer whose work has been widely published. She h...



Malorie Blackman was born in 1962. She qualified in Computer Science and followed a successful caree...


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


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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