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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Helon Habila 2010

Poet and prose fiction writer Helon Habila studied Literature at the University of Jos and lectured ...


Mark Haddon c Rory Carnegie

Mark Haddon was born in Northampton in 1962. He graduated from Oxford University in 1981, returning ...


Hadfield Caroline Forbes

Jen Hadfield was born in Cheshire in 1978, and studied English Language and Literature at the Univer...


Hadley Tessa Credit Mark Vessey web

Tessa Hadley lives in Cardiff and teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, he...


RichMix ManosFotiou2 web

Ben Haggarty became a professional performance storyteller in 1981, having first worked as an 'image...


Rahman Zia c Katherine Rose

A Western novelist with Eastern roots, Zia Haider Rahman was born in the Bangladesh region of Sylhet...


matt haig c Clive Doyle 2

Matt Haig was born in 1975 in Sheffield, and grew up in Newark, Nottinghamshire. He studied at Hull ...


Lee Hall photo

Playwright Lee Hall was born in Newcastle in 1966. His acclaimed play Spoonface Steinberg (1997), a ...


Sarah+Hall credit Nadav+Kander web

Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria in 1974. She took a degree in English and Art History at Aberystwyth ...


Steven Hall colour by Jerry Bauer

Steven Hall was born in Derbyshire in 1975. His first novel, The Raw Shark Texts, won the Borders Or...


Mohsin Hamid credit Jerry Bauer web

Mohsin Hamid was born in 1971 in Lahore, Pakistan, and moved to the US at the age of 18 to study at ...


Christopher Hampton credit Jill Furmanovsky web

Christopher Hampton is a playwright, screenwriter, director and producer. Born in 1946 in Portugal, ...


Sophie Hannah web

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in ...


Frances Hardinge Author Photo c David Levenson

Frances Hardinge was born in Kent. She enjoyed a bookish childhood in an isolated old house on a hil...

David Hare credit Walter van Dyk web

Playwright Sir David Hare was born in Bexhill, East Sussex, England on 5 June 1947, and was educated...


Robert Harris 2010 web

Robert Harris was born in Nottingham in 1957, later studying English at Cambridge University. He was...



Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Mo...


Tony Harrison credit Sandra Lousada

Tony Harrison is Britain's leading film and theatre poet. He has written for the National Theatre in...


David Harrower

Playwright David Harrower was born in Edinburgh in 1966. His first play, Knives in Hens (1997), was ...


David Harsent credit Simon Harsent

David Harsent has published nine full collections of poetry and several limited editions, and has re...


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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