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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Lucy Caldwell credit Tom Routh 1

Lucy Caldwell was born in Belfast in 1981. She studied English at Queen's College, Cambridge, and fo...


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...



Jim Cartwright was born in Farnworth, Lancashire in 1958 and educated at Harper Green Secondary Mode...


Justin Cartwright c Jaime Turner

Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa, and educated in the United States and at Oxford Universi...



Anthony Cartwright was born in Dudley, West Midlands, in 1973. He studied English and American liter...



Anne Cassidy was born in London in 1952, and worked for some years as a teacher, before becoming a f...


Russell Celyn Jones c Jerry Bauer

Russell Celyn Jones is a novelist, feature writer and critic. He was raised in South Wales and now l...


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...



Tracy Chevalier was born in 1962 and grew up in the US. She studied English at Oberlin College, Ohio...


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


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Emma Chichester Clark was born in 1955 and studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of...


Lauren Child c Polly Borland

Lauren Child was born in 1967 and grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire. She studied Art at Manchester P...


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Playwright Caryl Churchill was born on 3 September 1938 in London and grew up in the Lake District a...



Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1965, poet Kate Clanchy was educated in Edinburgh and Oxford. She lived...


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Travel writer, memoirist and children’s author Horatio Clare was born in London in 1973. He read Eng...

Clark Polly Photo Ruth Clark

Polly Clark was born in Toronto, Canada in 1968 and was brought up in Cumbria, Lancashire and the Bo...


Clarke Gillian 2 CREDIT ADRIAN POPE website

Gillian Clarke was born in Cardiff, Wales, and now lives with her family on a smallholding in Ceredi...


Susanna Clarke web

Susanna Clarke was born in Nottingham in 1959, and spent her childhood in Northern England and Scotl...


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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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