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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Padel Ruth Credit Alex Phoundoulakis

Ruth Padel was born in London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Zoological Soc...



Playwright, novelist and journalist Louise Page was born in London, in 1955. She was educated at the...



Writer, poet and playwright Janet Paisley writes for stage, television, radio and screen. She was a...


David Park c Bobbie Hanvey

David Park was born in Belfast in 1953, and now lives in County Down, Northern Ireland. He was educa...



Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a writer of poetry, prose and articles, and has published 3 poetry chapbooks: ...


Parks Tim Credit Basso Cannarsa

Tim Parks was born in Manchester, England in 1954, spent his adolescence in London and studied at Ca...


Don Paterson credit Bob Barkery

Poet, writer and musician Don Paterson was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1963. He won an Eric Gregory...



Brian Patten made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Ro...



Glenn Patterson was born in Belfast in 1961 and studied on the Creative Writing MA at the University...


Tom Paulin credit Barney Cokeliss

Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, on 25 January 1949, poet, critic and playwright Tom (Thomas Neilson) Pauli...


Michelle Paver Charles Shearn

Michelle Paver was born in Nyasaland (now Malawi) in 1960 and moved to England in 1963. She studied ...


Jeremy Paxman credit Dave Williams 2013

Broadcaster, journalist and writer Jeremy Paxman was born on 11 May 1950. He was educated at Malvern...



David Peace was born in 1967 and grew up in Ossett, near Wakefield. He left Manchester Polytechnic i...


Tim Pears

Tim Pears was born in Tonbridge Wells, Kent, on 15 November 1956. He graduated from the National Fil...


Luke Pearson Photo

Luke Pearson is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist. Clients he has worked for include No...


Mal Peet Walker Books

Mal Peet grew up in North Norfolk, and studied English and American Studies at the University of War...


Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has a PhD in creative writing at Royal Holloway which she...

mario Petrucci jemimah kuhfeld cropped

Originally a Natural Sciences graduate with a PhD in optoelectronics, Mario Petrucci works as a free...



Caryl Phillips was born on 13 March 1958 on the Caribbean island of St Kitts. He grew up in Leeds, ...



Writer Mike Phillips was born in Georgetown, Guyana. He came to Britain as a child and grew up in Lo...


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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