Authors Famous Authors from Wales

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List of the most popular authors from Wales, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Welsh authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Welsh writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, in which ...more

Bertrand Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The ABC of Relativity, A History of Western Philosophy, Why I Am Not a Christian Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist. At various points in his ...more

Robert Owen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The life of Robert Owen, The evidences of Christianity, A statement regarding the New Lanark Establishment Robert Owen was a Welsh social reformer and one of the founders of utopian socialism and the cooperative movement. In 1824, Owen came to America to invest the bulk of his fortune in an ...more

Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Starship Titanic, The Saga of Erik the Viking, Monty Python's Big Red Book Terence Graham Parry "Terry" Jones is a British comedian, screenwriter, actor, film director and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.

Andrew Davies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Prin, Dirty faxes, The legend of King Arthur Andrew Wynford Davies is a British writer of screenplays and novels, best known for Marmalade Atkins and A Very Peculiar Practice, and his adaptations of Vanity Fair and Pride and Prejudice. He ...more

Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
A Christmas story Richard Burton, CBE (10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award, six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role (without ever ...more

Russell T Davies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Doctor Who: The Dalek Conquests, Damaged Goods, Doctor Who: The Shooting Scripts Stephen Russell Davies, OBE, better known by his pen name Russell T Davies, is a Welsh television producer and screenwriter whose works include Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose, The Second Coming, ...more

Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Charles Bronson was an American film and television actor. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, ...more

Dylan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Dylan Thomas selected poems, 1934-1952., The outing Dylan Marlais Thomas was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall have no dominion", the "Play ...more

Jimmy Sangster is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Your friendly neighbourhood death pedlar, Touchfeather, Inside Hammer James Henry Kinmel Sangster was a Welsh screenwriter and director, known for his work for horror film producers Hammer Film Productions, including scripts for The Curse of Frankenstein and ...more

Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Pillars of the Earth, Eye of the Needle, The Key to Rebecca Ken Follett is a film producer and writer.

Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Big knits, A feast of French and Saunders, Great big knits Dawn Roma French is an English actress, writer, and comedian, best known for starring in and writing for the comedy sketch show French and Saunders with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders and for ...more

Eric Linklater is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Wind on the Moon, Private Angelo, The campaign in Italy Eric Robert Russell Linklater was a Welsh-born Scottish writer of novels and short stories, military history, and travel books. For The Wind on the Moon, a children's fantasy novel, he won the ...more

Emlyn Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Headlong, The Corn Is Green, Night Must Fall Emlyn Williams is a director, screenwriter and playwright.

Siân Phillips is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Private Faces, Public Places, Farmyard Stories for Under Fives - C.C.- Siân Phillips, CBE, is a Welsh actress.

Kenneth Griffith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Ireland's Unfinished Revolution, Thank God we kept the flag flying, Curious journey Kenneth Reginald Griffith was a Welsh actor and documentary filmmaker.

Denys Val Baker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Face in the Mirror, The woman and the engine driver, The spirit of Cornwall Denys Val Baker was a Welsh writer, specialising in short stories, novels, and autobiography. He was also known for his activities as an editor, and promotion of the arts in Cornwall.

Roger Rees is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Roger Rees-What You Will Roger Rees is a Welsh actor and director. He is best known to American audiences for playing the characters Robin Colcord on the American television sitcom show Cheers and Lord John Marbury on ...more

Martin Amis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Dead Babies, London Fields, The Information Martin Louis Amis is an English novelist. His best-known novels are Money and London Fields. He has received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and has been listed for ...more

Harry Secombe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Twice Brightly, An Entertaining Life, Strawberries and Cheam Sir Harry Donald Secombe, CBE was a Welsh comedian and singer. He played Neddie Seagoon, a central character in the BBC radio comedy series The Goon Show. He also appeared in musicals and films ...more

Rachel Roberts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
No bells on Sunday, Song of the Unicorns, The Cry of the Wolf Rachel Roberts was a Welsh actress noted for her fervour and passion. Roberts is best remembered for her forthright screen performances as the older mistress of the central male character in two ...more

Alastair Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Revelation Space, The Prefect, Redemption Ark Alastair Preston Reynolds is a British science fiction author. He specialises in dark hard science fiction and space opera. He spent his early years in Cornwall, moved back to Wales before going ...more

Ivor Novello is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Dancing Years, Perchance to Dream, The Truth Game David Ivor Davies, better known as Ivor Novello, was a Welsh composer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century. He was born into a ...more

Clive Granger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Essays in Econometrics, Forecasting economic time series, Predictability of stock market prices Sir Clive William John Granger was a British economist, who taught in Britain at the University of Nottingham and in the United States at the University of California, San Diego. In 2003, ...more

Elaine Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Red Sea Pilot, The Scars of Evolution, Books and storytelling Elaine Morgan OBE FRSL was a Welsh writer for television and the author of several books on evolutionary anthropology, especially the aquatic ape hypothesis: The Descent of Woman, The Aquatic ...more

Dorothy Simpson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Dead by morning, Puppet for a corpse, Close Her Eyes Dorothy Preece Simpson is a writer of mystery novels and winner of a Silver Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain.

Jo Walton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Half a Crown, Farthing, Ha'penny Jo Walton is a Welsh-Canadian fantasy and science fiction writer and poet. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002 and the World Fantasy award for her novel Tooth and Claw ...more

Jane Arden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Jane Arden was a Welsh film director, actress, screenwriter, playwright, songwriter, and poet.

Gwyn Thomas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
All Things Betray Thee, Culhwch Ac Olwen, Y Mabinogi Gwyn Thomas was a Welsh writer, dramatist, Punch-columnist, radio broadcaster and raconteur, who has been called 'the true voice of the English-speaking valleys'.

Henry Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The works of Henry Vaughan, The Complete Poems, The works of Henry Vaughan Henry Vaughan was a Welsh author, physician and metaphysical poet. Vaughan and his twin brother, the hermetic philosopher and alchemist Thomas Vaughan, were the sons of Thomas Vaughan and his ...more

Howard Spring is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Houses in Between, Fame Is the Spur, Winds of the Day Howard Spring was a Welsh author and journalist. He began his writing career as a journalist but from 1934 produced a series of best-selling novels. The most successful was Fame Is the Spur, ...more

Iain Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
London Orbital, Dining on Stones, Downriver Iain Sinclair FRSL is a British writer and filmmaker. Much of his work is rooted in London, most recently within the influences of psychogeography.

Wynford Vaughan-Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Royal tour, 1953-4, The splendour falls Lewis John Wynford Vaughan-Thomas CBE was a Welsh newspaper journalist and radio and television broadcaster. In later life he took the name Vaughan-Thomas after his father.

Jon Ronson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Them, The Psychopath Test, Clubbed Class Jon Ronson is a Welsh journalist, author, documentary filmmaker, and radio presenter, whose works include the best-selling The Men Who Stare at Goats. He has been described as a gonzo ...more

Siân James is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Two loves, Outside paradise, A dangerous time Siân James is a Welsh novelist who writes in English. James was born near Llandysul in Carmarthenshire, and attended the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is a Fellow of the University ...more

R. S. Thomas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Selected prose, Later Poems, 1972-82 Ronald Stuart Thomas, published as R. S. Thomas, was a Welsh poet and Anglican priest who was noted for his nationalism, spirituality and deep dislike of the anglicisation of Wales. John ...more

Molly Parkin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Write up, Full up, A bite ofthe apple Molly Parkin, is a Welsh painter, novelist and journalist, who became most famous for exploits in the 1960s.

Thomas Pennant is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Some account of London, Westminster, and Southwark Thomas Pennant was a Welsh naturalist, traveller, writer and antiquarian. He was born and lived his whole life at his family estate, Downing Hall near Whitford, Flintshire in Wales. As a ...more

Sean Mathias is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Windows NT 4 Workstation unleashed, Manhattan Mourning, A prayer for wings Sean Gerard Mathias is a British theatre director, film director, writer and actor, known for directing the film Bent and for directing highly acclaimed theatre productions in London, New York ...more

Michael Heseltine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The challenge of Europe, Life in the jungle, London's pruning Michael Ray Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine, CH, PC is a British businessman, Conservative politician and patron of the Tory Reform Group. He was a Member of Parliament from 1966 to 2001, and ...more

Jennifer Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Dragons and Decisions, Dawnsia, Dilwyn Lindysyn Jennifer Sullivan, often credited as Jenny Sullivan, is a Welsh children's author and former literary critic.

Angharad Tomos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Ubhlan Tofaidh Puth, Leabhar Peantaidh, Cosyn Angharad Tomos is a Welsh author and prominent language activist.

David Lloyd George is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The people's insurance, Addresses on German reparation, War memoirs of David Lloyd George David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, OM PC was a British Liberal politician and statesman. As Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lloyd George was a key figure in the introduction of ...more

Michael Moritz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Little Kingdom Sir Michael Jonathan Moritz KBE is a Welsh venture capitalist with Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, California in Silicon Valley, a former member of the board of directors of Google,a ...more

Gerald Davies is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Side-steps, Gerald Davies, an autobiography Thomas Gerald Reames Davies CBE DL is a Welsh former rugby union wing who played international rugby for Wales between 1966 and 1978. He is one of a small group of Welsh players to have won ...more

Sophie Stanton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Sophie Stanton is a Welsh actress, director and playwright. She is best known for her role as DCI Jill Marsden in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in which she has appeared on and off since 2001.

Stuart Cable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Demons and Cocktails Stuart Cable was a Welsh rock drummer and broadcaster, best known as the original drummer for the band Stereophonics.

Torey Hayden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Eleven African American Doctor, L'enfant blessée, A MENINA QUE NUNCA CHORAVA Victoria Lynn Hayden, known as Torey L. Hayden, is a child psychologist, special education teacher, university lecturer and writer of non-fiction books based on her real-life experiences with ...more

Matt Rees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
The Bethlehem Murders, The Collaborator of Bethlehem Matt Rees is a Welsh novelist and journalist. He is the author of The Palestine Quartet, a series of crime novels about Omar Yussef, a Palestinian sleuth, and of historical crime novels. He is ...more

Grace Coddington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Wales
Grace: A Memoir Grace Coddington is the Vogue's creative director and manages the majority of photo shoots.