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...

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OBrienSean Moira Conway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ormsby Patrick Duffy

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

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

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Alice Oswald Kate Mount

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

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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...

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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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