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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Suhayl Saadi was born in Yorkshire in 1961 of Afghan-Pakistani parents, and grew up in Glasgow, beco...


Sunjeev Sahota website

Sunjeev Sahota was born in 1981 and grew up in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. His background is Sikh, and...


Lawrence Sail Helen Sail website

Lawrence Sail was born in London in 1942 and brought up in Exeter. He studied French and German at O...


Sam La Rose website

Jacob Sam-La Rose is a poet, performer, educator and editor who has performed and taught internation...


Fiona Sampson photo credit Ekaterina Voskresenskaya website

Fiona Sampson was born in London. After a brief career as a concert violinist, she studied at Oxford...



Ian Sansom is the author of The Truth About Babies: From A-Z (2002) and Ring Road (2004). He is a r...


Schmidt Michael credit Ben Schmidt website

Michael Schmidt was born in Mexico on 2 March 1947 and studied at the universities of Harvard and Ox...


Scudamore James Credit Rose Grimond website

James Scudamore was born in 1976 and grew up in Japan, Brazil and the UK. He lives in London. His fi...



Marcus Sedgwick was born in 1968 in Kent, and has worked as a bookseller and inside children's publi...



Rachel Seiffert was born in 1971 in Oxford to German and Australian parents, and was brought up bi-l...


Copy of Taiye Selasi 2010 Nancy Crampton 3359 website

Selasi was born in London, England, and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts, the elder of twin daught...


Will Self credit Chris Close 2014 website

Will Self was born in London in 1961. He graduated from Oxford University and began writing fiction,...



Sudeep Sen studied at St Columba's School in New Delhi and read English Literature for an honours de...



Born in 1952 in Calcutta, India, Vikram Seth was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Stanfor...



Playwright Peter Levin Shaffer was born in 1926 in Liverpool, one of twin boys. His brother, Anthony...



Qaisra Shahraz was born in Pakistan and brought up in Manchester, England, from the age of nine. She...


Shakespeare Nicholas Credit Caroline Forbes website

Novelist and biographer Nicholas Shakespeare was born in Worcester, England, in 1957. He spent his c...


Kamila Shamsie by Salma Raza website

Kamila Shamsie, novelist, was born in 1973 in Pakistan. Her first novel, In the City by the Sea, was...


Shapcott Jo credit Rachel Shapcott

Poet Jo Shapcott was born in London in 1953. She was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Dublin. Sh...



Writer and broadcaster William Shawcross was born on 28 May 1946 in Sussex, England, the son of Lord...


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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