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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Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela was born in 1964 in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She studied for a degree in Econom...

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Ackroyd Peter new photo c Charles Hopkinson

Novelist, biographer and poet Peter Ackroyd was born in London on 5 October 1949. He graduated from ...

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Adcock Caroline Forbes

Poet Fleur Adcock was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 10 February 1934, but spent much of her chil...

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JohnAgard

Playwright, poet, short-story and children's writer John Agard was born on 21 June 1949 in British G...

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Patience Agbabi c Lyndon Douglas

Patience Agbabi is a poet, performer and workshop facilitator. She was born in London in 1965 to Nig...

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Naomi Alderman credit Justine Stoddard web

Naomi Alderman was born in London in 1974 and grew up in an Orthodox Jewish community.  After attain...

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Poet, playwright, critic, fiction and science-fiction writer Brian W(ilson) Aldiss was born on 18 Au...

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Ali Tariq credit Nina Subin high res

Writer, journalist and film-maker Tariq Ali was born in Lahore in 1943. He was educated at Oxford Un...

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Monica ali

Monica Ali is the daughter of English and Bangladeshi parents. She came to England aged three years,...

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Allnutt Sarah Banks

Gillian Allnutt was born on 15 January 1949 in London, but spent much of her childhood in Newcastle ...

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David Almond

David Almond was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1951 and grew up in the small mining town of Felling...

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Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and came to England when she was a few months old. She gre...

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Amis Martin Credit Tom Craig at Bill Charles agency

Martin Amis was born in Oxford in 1949, the son of the writer Kingsley Amis. He was educated in scho...

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tahmima anam web

Tahmima Anam is the author of the Bengal Trilogy, which chronicles three generations of the Haque fa...

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Anita Anand cSuki Dhanda web

Broadcaster, journalist and biographer Anita Anand was born in 1972 and educated at King’s College, ...

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Rachel Anderson was born in 1943 and worked for 20 years for BBC Radio, newspapers and magazines as ...

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PhilipArdagh c Dominic Turner

Philip Ardagh is a prolific writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction. He was born in 1...

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Simon Armitage credit Paul Wolfgang Webster website

Poet and novelist Simon Armitage was born in 1963 in Huddersfield, England. After studying Geography...

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Ronda Armitage was born in New Zealand. She is the author of many books for children, including the ...

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Jake Arnott c Cristian Barnett

Jake Arnott was born in Buckinghamshire, England in 1961. His novel, The Long Firm, the story of the...

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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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