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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Daljit Nagra credit Sarah Lee

Daljit Nagra was born and brought up in West London and Sheffield. He lives in London, and works as ...


Phyllis Nagy

Playwright, screenwriter and director Phyllis Nagy was born in New York City and has lived in London...



Beverley Naidoo was born into a white, middle-class family in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1943. S...


vs Naipaul C Carolyn Djanogly

Sir V(idiadhar) S(urajprasad) Naipaul was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad, on 17 August 1932, the eldest...



Shivadhar Srinivasa Naipaul, known as Shiva, was born in 1945 in Port of Spain, Trinidad (now Republ...


Molly press landscape 2015

Molly Naylor is the creator of the solo show, Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You, a coming-of-ag...



Patrick Neate is a respected novelist, critic, scriptwriter and poet. His work has been published in...


Anthony Neilson

Scottish playwright Anthony Neilson's plays include Normal, first staged at the Pleasance Theatre in...


Patrick Ness by Helen Giles

Patrick Ness was born in the US in 1971, living in the western states of Hawaii, Washington and Cali...


Neville Stuart Credit Philip ONeill Photography

Stuart Neville is the author of two mystery novels. The first novel, The Twelve (2009), is set in No...



Courttia Newland was born in 1973 to parents of Caribbean heritage. In 1997, he published his first...


David Nicholls

David Nicholls was born in 1966 and studied English Literature and Drama at the University of Bristo...


Nichols Mike Park

Grace Nichols was born in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1950 and grew up in a small country village on the ...


Lawrence Norfolk by Jonathan Ring

Lawrence Norfolk was born in London in 1963. He read English at King’s College, London, graduating i...



Philip Norman was born in London in 1943 and grew up on the Isle of Wight. He is a biographer, novel...


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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