Gwyneth Lewis

Gwyneth Lewis

Gwyneth Lewis was National Poet of Wales from 2005-06. She wrote the bilingual words for the front of the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. She’s an award-winning poet. Her most recent collection is Sparrow Tree (Bloodaxe Books). She has published seventeen books of poetry, non-fiction and, with Rowan Williams, a translation of The Book of Taliesin (Penguin…

Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra

Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, Daljit Nagra’s four poetry collections, all with Faber & Faber, have won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem and Best First Book, the South Bank Show Decibel Award and the Cholmondeley Award, and been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and twice for the TS Eliot Prize. Daljit is a…

Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan

Nicola Morgan, sometimes known as The Teenage Brain Woman, is a multi-award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction whose written and spoken work on young brains, psychology and mental health is loved by teenagers, schools and families around the world. In 2018 the School Library Association awarded her the Outstanding Contribution to Information Books. Her teenage novels…

Sarah McIntyre

Sarah McIntyre

Sarah McIntyre illustrates and writes picture books such as the Grumpycorn books and The New Neighbours, and works with co-author Philip Reeve on highly illustrated books such as Oliver and the Seawigs, Pugs of the Frozen North, and The Legend of Kevin. She’s seen first-hand how illustration and drawing pictures can inspire children to read and create…

Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg has published over 100 children’s books and, with his late wife Janet Ahlberg, created award-winning picture books, including Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Postman, both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction and lives in Bath.

Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn

Sir Alan Ayckbourn, CBE is an Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright. He has written numerous plays that are staged throughout the world including Absurd Person Singular and The Norman Conquests. Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough for 39 years, he has also worked extensively in London’s West End and is considered to be one of the most…

Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor

Antony Beevor, a former Chair of the Society of Authors, is a historian of the 20th Century. His eleven books, including Stalingrad and Berlin, have been translated into thirty languages, won numerous prizes and altogether sold more than seven million copies.

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman, OBE is a writer of children’s and young adult fiction and was the Children’s Laureate between 2013 and 2015. Her series Noughts and Crosses was voted as one of BBC’s The Big Read’s ‘The Nation’s Best-Loved Books’ in 2003 and in 2007 she was appointed OBE. She has published over sixty children’s books and won over…

Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs

Raymond is a much loved illustrator, cartoonist and author. He is best known for The Snowman which was adapted as an animated film in 1982 and continues to be shown on Channel 4 every Christmas along with the more recent The Snowman and the Snowdog. His other works include When the Wind Blows, The Man, Father Christmas, The Bear and Fungus the Bogeyman….

William Boyd

William Boyd

William Boyd, CBE is a novelist, screenwriter and winner of the SoA’s 1981 Somerset Maugham Award for A Good Man in Africa, which also won the Whitbread Book Award. In 2005 he was appointed CBE and in 2006 won the Costa Book Award for his book Restless. He has written eleven novels and has been shortlisted for the…

Simon Brett

Simon Brett

Simon Brett, OBE writes detective fiction and was a radio producer whose work includes producing the BBCs first episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as episodes of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and Just a Minute. For radio he wrote After Henry and No Commitments. He has written a great many mystery novels and in 2004 was awarded…

A. S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt

A. S. Byatt, DBE is a Booker Prize-winning writer of novels and short stories, including Possession, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower, A Whistling Woman and The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye. She served as Chair of the Management Committee from 1986 to 1988 and has judged various literary prizes including the Booker and the SoA’s Betty Trask Prize. In…