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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DAguiar Fred Credit Ronen Nuna

Poet, novelist and playwright Fred D'Aguiar was born in London in 1960 to Guyanese parents. He lived...


Selma Dabbagh web

Selma Dabbagh was born in Scotland in 1970 and now lives in London. She is of British Palestinian or...


David Dabydeen

Critic, writer and novelist David Dabydeen was born in 1955 in Berbice, Guyana, moving to England wi...


Fflur Llun Cefn AYL web

Fflur Dafydd is a novelist, critic and musician from Carmarthen, West Wales. She was born in 1978 an...


William Dalrymple c Jonathan Ring web

William Dalrymple was born and brought up in Scotland. He wrote his first book, In Xanadu: A Quest (...



Achmat Dangor was born in Johannesburg in 1948, and after high school, lived in several small rural ...



Poet, playwright and novelist Julia Darling was born on 21 August 1956 in Winchester, England, and w...


Toni Davidson photo

Toni Davidson was born in Ayr, Scotland in 1965. He is the editor of two anthologies of short storie...


Peter Ho Davies small

Peter Ho Davies was born in 1966 to Welsh and Chinese parents. He has degrees in Physics and English...



Stevie Davies, novelist and historian, was born in Wales; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Li...


Carys Davies is the author of two collections of short stories, Some New Ambush and The Redemption o...


Lindsey Davis author photo 2012 web

Lindsey Davis has been a historical novelist for nearly thirty years.  She began writing about the R...


Jill Dawson web

Jill Dawson was born in Durham and grew up in Staffordshire, Essex and Yorkshire. She read American ...


Bernieres Louis Credit Ivon Bartholomew web

Novelist Louis de Bernières was born in London in 1954. He joined the army at 18 but left after spen...


De Botton 9 web Mathias Marx

Born in 1969, writer Alain de Botton moved to England with his family from Switzerland when he was e...


Deane Seamus Credits Caroline Forbes

Critic, poet and novelist Seamus Deane was born in 1940 in Derry in Northern Ireland. He was educate...


Deane John F web

John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943. He is the author of several poetry collections and ...


Meaghan Delahunt c Anna Reid NEW USE THIS ONE

Meaghan Delahunt was born in 1961 in Melbourne, Australia. Since 1992 she has lived in Edinburgh, Sc...


Joolz Promo Pic 1 web

Born in 1955, Joolz Denby is a writer, poet, spoken-word performer, illustrative and fine artist, cu...



Novelist, short-story writer and children's author Anita Desai was born in 1937 in Mussoorie, India....


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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