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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Kate Atkinson CURRENT c Euan Myles

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


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 ...


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...


Trezza Azzopardi

Trezza Azzopardi was born in Cardiff. She studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia ...


Paul Bailey c Jonathan Ring web

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



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


bamforth BW

Iain Bamforth was born in 1959 into a Plymouth Brethren family and grew up in Glasgow, where he atte...


Bandele Biyi Credit Manuel Vason

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


John Banville

Irish novelist John Banville was born in Wexford in Ireland in 1945. He was educated at a Christian ...


Nicola Barker c Tony Davis

Nicola Barker was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, in 1966. She spent part of her life in South Africa b...


Pat Barker c Justine Stoddard 2015 USE THIS ONE web

Novelist Pat Barker was born in Thornaby-on-Tees in Yorkshire, England, on 8 May 1943. She was educa...



Patrick Barkham was born in 1975 in Norfolk and was educated at Cambridge University. He is a Nation...


Nick Barlay

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


Barnes Julian Credit Alan Edwards web

Novelist Julian Barnes was born in Leicester on 19 January 1946 and was educated at the City of Lond...


Simon Barraclough c Jamie Ryan

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


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...


Neil Bartlett c Camilla Broadbent 2 web

Neil Bartlett was born in 1958 in Hertfordshire, and is a writer, playwright, translator, performer ...


Susan Bassnett photo web

Susan Bassnett is Professor of Comparative Literature in the Centre for Translation and Comparative ...


Jonathan Bate

Jonathan Bate studied at Cambridge and Harvard universities. Well known as a biographer, critic, bro...