Woof CBE, Robert

Dr Robert Samuel Woof (20 April 1931 – 7 November 2005) was an English scholar, most famous for having been the first Director of the Wordsworth Trust and Museums Director of the Wordsworth Museum at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, Lake District, Cumbria. Dove Cottage is known as the centre for British Romanticism movement, having been […]

Wyndham, Francis

Francis Wyndham was an author, literary editor and journalist. He became an editor at Queen magazine and in 1964 moved to The Sunday Times, where he stayed until 1980. He became Jean Rhys’ literary executor after her death in 1979.

Wilkins, Verna

Verna Wilkins is founder of Tamarind Books, which she ran for 23 years. She is the author of 30 Picture Books and eight biographies aimed at young people. Tamarind Books have won many awards, including the Decibel Cultural Diversity Award 2008. They have also featured on BBC TV children’s programmes and were also included in […]

Wood, Gaby

Gaby Wood is the Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, where she oversees matters ranging from the selection of prize judges to reading groups in prisons to an annual creative writing scholarship at the University of East Anglia. Prior to that she was Head of Books at the Telegraph, and for 15 years she was a staff writer […]

Wakatama Allfrey, Ellah


Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE was born in Zimbabwe and raised there and in the United States. She is the founding Publishing Director of The Indigo Press, Senior Research Fellow at Manchester University (Centre for New Writing) and Chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing. She is a judge for the 2019 Northern Writers’ Awards Fiction […]

Williams, Eley

Eley Williams’s published works include a pamphlet of poetry, Frit (2017), and a collection of prose, Attrib. and other stories (2017). The latter was chosen by Ali Smith as one of 2017’s best debut collections of fiction at the Cambridge Literary Festival and went on to win the Republic of Consciousness Prize. Recent work has […]

Wyld, Evie

Evie Wyld is the author of two novels, All the Birds Singing (2013) and After the Fire, A Still Small Voice (2009), and one graphic memoir,  Everything is Teeth (2015). The Wynches, her third novel, is due out next year. In 2014 she was the winner of the Miles Franklin Award, the European Union Prize, […]

Welsh, Louise


Louise Welsh is a fiction writer and librettist. She has written nine novels, most recently Plague Times Trilogy, a series of books exploring a contemporary pandemic. She has written many short stories and is editor of Ghost: One Hundred Stories to Read with the Lights On. Louise has collaborated on four operas with the composer […]

Williams, Roy

Roy Williams began writing plays in 1990. His plays include Advice for the Young at Heart; an adaptation of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner; Days of Significance; Sucker Punch; Category B; Baby Girl; Absolute Beginners; Little Sweet Thing; Fallout; Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads; Clubland; The Gift; Local Boy; Souls; Lift […]