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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Irish novelist and short-story writer Edna O'Brien was born on 15 December 1930 in Tuamgraney, Count...


OBrienSean Moira Conway

Poet Sean O'Brien was born in London, England, on 19 December 1952 and grew up in Hull. He was educa...


Bernard ODonoghue credit James Connolly

Bernard O'Donoghue was born in Cullen, County Cork, in 1945, later moving to Manchester. He studied ...



Born in Northern Ireland in 1972, Maggie O'Farrell grew up in Wales and Scotland. She has worked as ...


Andrew OHagan broaddaylight

Andrew O'Hagan was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1968 and read English at the University of Strathcly...



Redmond O'Hanlon was born in Dorset and studied at Oxford University. From 1970-1974 he was a Member...


Meredith Oakes is a playwright and translator, and one of the Royal Court Theatre's new generation o...


Ben Okri no credit needed

Poet and novelist Ben Okri was born in 1959 in Minna, northern Nigeria, to an Igbo mother and Urhobo...


Ondaatje Michael Credit Beowulf Sheehan

Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka on 12 September 1943. He moved to England in 1954, and in 196...


Ormsby Patrick Duffy

Frank Ormsby was born in 1947, in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, and was educated ...


Diriye Osman credit Tom Hensher

Diriye Osman was born in Somalia in 1983 and raised in Kenya and London. He is a short story writer,...


Alice Oswald Kate Mount

Alice Oswald lives in Devon.  She trained as a classicist and was the recipient of an Eric Gregory A...


Oyeyemi Helen New 2013 credit Piotr Cieplak 2

Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five novels, including White is for Witching, which won a 2010 Somers...