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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Poet, critic and translator Professor Jeffrey Wainwright was born in Stoke-on-Trent. He taught at th...



The poet Mark Waldron was born in New York, and has worked in advertising for many years. His first ...


Helen Walsh Cuthberts 49

Helen Walsh was born in Warrington in 1977. Her first novel, Brass, was published in 2004 and was as...



Joanna Walsh's books include Hotel (Bloomsbury UK and US Sept 2015), Vertigo (Dorothy, A Publishing ...


Minette Walters cr

Minette Walters was born in Hertfordshire. She read French at Durham University and worked as sub-ed...



Michelene Wandor is a playwright, poet, short story writer, critic and musician. Born in 1940, the d...


Sophie Wardle Damian Comyns website

Sarah Wardle was born in London in 1969, and studied Classics at Oxford University and English at Su...



Novelist, critic and cultural historian Marina Warner was born in London on 9 November 1946 to an En...


Alan+Warner credit Gemma Day website

Scottish novelist Alan Warner was born in 1964. Together with Irvine Welsh and A. L. Kennedy he is s...



Tom Warner was born in 1979 in Nottinghamshire and lives in Norwich. He was a recipient of an Eric G...


Keith Waterhouse website

Keith Waterhouse was born in 1929 in Leeds, and was a novelist, columnist, playwright and screenwrit...


Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters was born in 1966 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. She studied English Literature at the univers...


cat weatherill

Cat Weatherill is one of Europe's leading performance storytellers. She is also a bestselling childr...


Dr Chris Weedon was born in West Germany in 1952. She was educated at Southampton University and at ...



Novelist, playwright and screenwriter Fay Weldon was born on 22 September 1931. She was brought up i...



Born in 1930, Stanley Wells is a renowned authority on Shakespeare and other writers of his time. He...



Philip Wells is a performance poet who performs in a huge variety of venues. He is Poet in Residence...


Welsh Irvine Credit Jeffrey Delannoy website

Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh in 1958. He lived in London after leaving school, but returned to...


Louise Welsh06 photo c Steve Lindbridge website

After studying history at Glasgow University, Louise Welsh established a second-hand bookshop, where...


Simonetta Wenkert website

Simonetta Wenkert was born in 1965 of Italian-Austrian parents. She studied at Durham University and...


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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