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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Michel Faber 8 c Eva Youren web

Novelist and short-story writer Michel Faber was born in Holland. He moved with his family to Austra...


Jenni Fagan 2013 cr Urszula Soltys

Jenni Fagan’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Panopticon, was published in 2012 and named one ...


Fainlight Kitty Sullivan

Ruth Fainlight was born in New York City in 1931. She was educated in the United States and England,...


Zoe Fairbairns c Roderick Field 1

Zoe Fairbairns was born in England on 20 December 1948, and educated at the University of St. Andrew...


Helen Falconer

Novelist Helen Falconer was born and brought up in London. She was educated at Camden School for Gir...



Sara Fanelli was born in 1969 in Florence, where she studied for a Diploma di Maturita at the Liceo ...


FarleyPaul cr Jemimah Kuhfeld

Poet Paul Farley was born in Liverpool, England in 1965 and studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He...



Sebastian Faulks was born on 20 April 1953 and was educated at Wellington College and Emmanuel Colle...


Feaver Vicki Credit Caroline Forbes

Poet Vicki Feaver was born in Nottingham in 1943 and educated at Durham University and University Co...


Elaine Feinstein c Martin Feinstein

Poet, novelist, short-story writer, playwright, biographer and translator Elaine Feinstein was born ...


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Alison Fell was born in Dumfries, Scotland in 1944. She was educated at Dumfries Academy and Edinbur...


j fenton photo web

Poet and critic James Fenton was born in Lincoln in 1949, and was brought up in Yorkshire and Staffo...


Georgina Ferry Photo web

Science writer Georgina Ferry is a freelance writer, editor and broadcaster. Born in Hong Kong in 19...


Jasper Fforde web

Jasper Fforde was born in 1961 and spent his early career in the film industry. He is the author of ...


fiennes web

William Fiennes was brought up in Oxfordshire and studied at Oxford University. His first book, The ...


Peter Finch

Peter Finch lives in Cardiff and is a poet, critic, author and reviewer. In the 1960s and '70s he ed...


Anne Fine no credit web

Anne Fine is a distinguished writer for both adults and children.  Her novel Goggle-Eyes won the Gua...


Fischer Tibor Credit Charles Glover

Tibor Fischer was born in Stockport, England in 1959 to Hungarian parents, both professional basketb...


Fish Laura Credit Nigel Barklie web

Laura Fish was born in 1964. She studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and has o...


Allen Fisher 2 web

Allen Fisher was born in 1944, and is a poet, artist and publisher, and the editor of Spanner magazi...


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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