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.


Filter by genre:

Filter by project:

Filter by initial:

Filter by gender:

x Reset

Writers directory

Jack Ian Credit The Guardian web

Ian Jack became the editor of Granta magazine in 1995, and remained in the post until 2007. Previous...


Howard Jacobson c Jenny Jacobson web

Born in Manchester, England in 1942, novelist and broadcaster Howard Jacobson was educated at Cambri...


Jamie Kathleen Eamonn McCabe

Kathleen Jamie was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland in 1962. She studied philosophy at Edinburgh Unive...



From figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making, Oliver Jeffers’ w...



Stephen Jeffreys was born in London. His play, Like Dolls or Angels (1977), won the Sunday Times Pla...



Alan Jenkins was born in Surrey in 1955 and brought up in London. He studied at the University of Su...


Catherine Johnson Image web

Catherine Johnson is a novelist and screenwriter who lives in London. She was born in 1962 and studi...



Born in Dublin in 1930, Jennifer Johnston's first published novel was The Captains and the Kings (19...


kathleenjones1 web

Kathleen Jones has published poetry, feature articles and short fiction in a variety of magazines in...


SUSANNA JONES 2013 credit Nora Gombos

Susanna Jones was born in 1967 and grew up in Yorkshire. She studied drama at London University wher...


CJ Alice Fiorilli

Cynan Jones was born in 1975 near Aberaeron, Wales where he now lives and works. His first novel was...



Gareth Phillips Jones was born 30th December, 1973 in the semi-mythical city of Birmingham. At the t...



Born in Sheffield, Owen spent his childhood in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Degree studies took hi...



The poet Emma Jones was born in Sydney and studied at the universities of Sydney and Cambridge. Her ...


Anthony Joseph c Edwige Hamben web

Anthony Joseph is a Trinidad-born poet, musician and lecturer. In 2004, he was chosen by Decibel and...


Anjali Joseph c C J Humphries

Anjali Joseph was born in Bombay in 1978. Her family moved to England in 1985 and she later studied ...



Alan Judd (real name Alan Edwin Petty) was born in the UK in 1946. A graduate of Oxford University, ...


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?

View all blog posts