Annalena McAfee was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.
Annalena McAfee is the author of eight books for children, including The Visitors who Came to Stay, with illustrations by Anthony Browne, which won the German Jugendliteratur Preis. In 2011 she published her first novel for adults, The Spoiler, set in the newspaper industry. Her second, Hame, explored Scottish history, language and cultural identity against the backdrop of the independence referendum. She was a founding member of the campaign to restore the derelict grave of William Hazlitt in Soho.