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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Nick Laird credit Mark Pringle

Nick Laird is a lawyer, poet, novelist and critic from Northern Ireland. His essays, reviews and poe...


Elizabeth Laird C Angus McDowall web

Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand of Scottish parents, but grew up in London. Before studying ...


John Lanchester c John Lanchester web

John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962. He grew up in the Far East, but was educated in England...



Lee Langley was born in Calcutta, India. She is the author of several novels, including Changes of A...


Lasdun James Credit Nina Subin

James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in the US. He is a poet, fiction and screen writer, an...


John le Carre credit Anton Corbijn THIS PHOTO MUST NOT BE CROPPED OR ALTERED

John le Carré (aka David Cornwell) was born in Dorset in 1931, and was educated at Sherborne School ...


Lebrecht Norman credit Geoff Barton The Strad web

Norman Lebrecht writes on music and cultural affairs. He is currently Assistant Editor and columnist...


Lee Hermione Credit Greg Smolonski Photovibe web

Critic and biographer Hermione Lee was born in Winchester, England in 1948 and grew up in London. Af...


Born in West London, Tony Lee has been a writer and journalist for television, print and radio for o...



Tom Lee was born in Essex in 1974 and attended the University of East Anglia, the University of Cali...



Melissa Lee-Houghton is a poet & writer of short fiction, selected by The Poetry Book Society as one...



Mike Leigh is an award-winning screen-writer and playwright who was born in Salford, Lancashire, in ...


Leviston Frances 2007

Frances Leviston was born in Edinburgh in 1982. She grew up in Sheffield and read English at St Hild...



Andrea Levy was born in London, England in 1956 to Jamaican parents. She is the author of five novel...


Deborah Levy web

Playwright, novelist and poet Deborah Levy (Fellow Royal Society of Literature) was born in 1959 in ...


Lewis Keith Morris web

Poet Gwyneth Lewis was born in 1959 in Cardiff, Wales. She attended a bilingual school in Pontypridd...


Marina Lewycka credit Ben McMillan 3

Marina Lewycka is of Ukrainian origin and was born in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, during World ...


Nell Leyshon c Anita Schiffer Fuchs Cologne portrait 2 edit

Nell Leyshon is a novelist and playwright. Her first stage play, The Farm (2002), was runner-up for ...


Lieven Anatol

Peter Paul Anatol Lieven (28 June 1960) is a British author, Orwell Prize-winning journalist, and po...



Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh and spent her formative years in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She n...


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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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