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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Craig Raine colour

Poet and critic Craig Raine was born on 3 December 1944 in Bishop Auckland, England, and read Englis...


Ross Raisin 2011 c Angus Muir

Ross Raisin was born in Yorkshire in 1979. He studied English at King's College, London and later fo...



Ravinder Randhawa was born in India and grew up in Warwickshire.  In 1984 she founded the Asian Wom...



Ian Rankin is the UK's number one best-selling crime writer. He lives in Edinburgh, and writes abou...


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Frederic Raphael was born in 1931 in Chicago and moved to England as a boy. He was educated at Chart...


Mark Ravenhill

Playwright Mark Ravenhill was educated at Bristol University where he studied English and Drama, and...


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Tom Raworth was born and grew up in London. During the 1970s he travelled and worked in the USA and ...


Piers Paul Read c Jonathan Ring

Novelist and playwright Piers Paul Read was born in Beaconsfield on 7 March 1941. He was educated at...



Poet Peter Reading was born on 27 July 1946 in Liverpool, England. He worked as a school teacher in...



Celia Rees was born in 1949 and grew up in Solihull, England. She took a degree in History and Poli...



Philip Reeve was born and brought up in Brighton, and has since lived in Devon and Dartmoor. He work...


Christopher Reid credit Jemimah Kuhfeld

Christopher Reid was born in Hong Kong in 1949, educated in England, and studied at Oxford Universit...


Alastair Reid

Alastair Reid is a poet, a prose writer, a translator, and a traveller. Born in Galloway, he served ...


Ruth Rendell cr Jerry Bauer

Crime novelist Ruth Rendell was born on 17 February 1930 in London, and educated at Loughton County ...


Oliver Reynolds

Oliver Reynolds was born in 1957 in Cardiff, Wales. He was educated at the University of Hull, where...


Dan Rhodes c Emmily Rhodes

Dan Rhodes was born in 1972. He studied Humanities at the University of Glamorgan and later returned...


Francesca Rhydderch c Keith Morris

Francesca Rhydderch was born in Aberystwyth. Following completion of a PhD on Virginia Woolf and Kat...



Ben Rice was born in Devon in 1972. He studied English at the universities of Newcastle and Oxford b...



Philip Ridley is an artist, playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. He was born in London and studie...


Denise Riley c Denise Riley

Dr Denise Riley was born in 1948 in Carlisle. She is Professor of the History of Ideas and of Poetry...


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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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