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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Karnezis Panos Credit Vana Avgerinou web

Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967 and came to England in 1992. He studied engineering and wo...


Kapka Kassabova c Marti Friedlander

Kapka Kassabova was born and raised in Bulgaria in the 1970s and 1980s, and educated at the French C...


Joanna Kavenna credit A. Michaelis

Joanna Kavenna grew up in various parts of Britain, and has also lived in the USA, France, Germany, ...


Jackie Kaye Website

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She w...


Billy Kay web

Writer and broadcaster Billy Kay was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1951 and read English Literature...


Judith Kazantzis

Judith Kazantzis was born in 1940 and grew up in East Sussex. She studied history, and then lived fo...


Keates Jonathan Credit Jerry Bauer web

Jonathan Keates was born in Paris, France in 1946. Educated at Bryanston and Magdalen College, Oxfor...



Charlotte Keatley was born in London on 5 January 1960. She studied drama at the University of Manch...


Brigid Keenan cAlan Waddams web

Brigid Keenan was born in India in 1939. Her career as a journalist began on the Daily Express, movi...


Richard T Kelly credit Sarah Lee

Richard T. Kelly was born in 1970 and grew up in Northern Ireland. He is a novelist, screenwriter, b...


James Kelman 2012 USE CAngusBremner web

James Kelman's early fiction includes the short-story collections An Old Pub Near the Angel (1973) a...


Stephen Kelman c Jonathan Ring

Stephen Kelman was born in Luton in 1976, and worked in various jobs before deciding to pursue writi...



Luke Kennard was born in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1981 and grew up in Luton. He is a poet and writer ...


Kennedy A.L. Credit Geraint Low web

Novelist and short-story writer A(lison) L(ouise) Kennedy was born in Dundee, Scotland on 22 October...


Philip Kerr Colour credit Joanna Betts 2013 web

Philip Kerr was born in Edinburgh and read Law and Philosophy at Birmingham University, subjects whi...


Khalvati Mimi new website

Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran, Iran, on 28 April 1944. She grew up on the Isle of Wight and was e...


Ayub Khan-Din was born in 1961 and grew up in Salford, Manchester. After leaving school he worked br...



Matthew Kneale was born in London in 1960, read Modern History at Oxford University and on graduatin...



Stephen Knight was born in Swansea in 1960. He read English at Jesus College, Oxford, after which he...


Zaffar Kunial web

Zaffar Kunial is a British poet born in Birmingham, who currently lives in Shipley, Yorkshire. His m...


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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