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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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This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Wales?" and "Who are the best Welsh authors?"

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    Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1916-09-13

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Series WrittenCharlie, Willie Wonka Series, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Roald Dahl (; 13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Roald Dahl's Real Life Was Far Darker Than Any Of His Children's Books‘James and the Giant Peach’ Was A Beautiful Nightmare Of A Children’s Movie (On Purpose)

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    Bertrand Russell

    Bertrand Russell

    The ABC of Relativity, A History of Western Philosophy

    BirthplaceTrellech, Eurasia, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1872-05-18

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, (; 18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Best Bertrand Russell Books#345 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

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    Robert Owen

    Robert Owen

    The life of Robert Owen, The evidences of Christianity

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Newtown

    Birthdate1771

    NationalityWales

    Robert Owen (; 14 May 1771 – 17 November 1858) was a Welsh textile manufacturer, philanthropic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Terry Jones

    Terry Jones

    Starship Titanic, The Saga of Erik the Viking

    BirthplaceColwyn Bay, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1942-02-01

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Terence Graham Parry Jones (February 1, 1942 - January 21, 2020) is a Welsh actor, writer,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #266 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#4 of 120 The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

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    Andrew Davies

    Andrew Davies

    Prin, Dirty faxes

    BirthplaceRhiwbina, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1936-09-20

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Andrew Wynford Davies (; born 20 September 1936) is a Welsh writer of screenplays and novels,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Richard Burton

    Richard Burton

    A Christmas story

    BirthplacePontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1925-11-10

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Richard Burton, (; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Russell T Davies

    Russell T Davies

    Doctor Who: The Dalek Conquests, Damaged Goods

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1963-04-27

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Series WrittenDoctor Who Audiobooks, Doctor Who New Adventures

    Stephen Russell Davies (born 27 April 1963), better known as Russell T Davies, is a Welsh... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Charles Bronson
    Charles Bronson (born Charles Dennis Buchinsky; Lithuanian: Karolis Dionyzas Bučinskis;... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #34 of 149 The All-Time Greatest Action Stars#230 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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    Dylan Thomas

    Dylan Thomas

    Dylan Thomas selected poems, 1934-1952.

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1914-10-27

    NationalityWales

    Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #21 of 111 The Best English Poets of All Time#1086 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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    Jimmy Sangster

    Jimmy Sangster

    Your friendly neighbourhood death pedlar, Touchfeather

    BirthplaceKinmel Bay, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1927-12-02

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    James Henry Kinmel Sangster (2 December 1927 – 19 August 2011) was a British screenwriter and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ken Follett

    Ken Follett

    The Pillars of the Earth, Eye of the Needle

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1949

    NationalityWales

    Kenneth Martin Follett, (born 5 June 1949) is a Welsh author of thrillers and historical... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Dawn French

    Dawn French

    Big knits, A feast of French and Saunders

    BirthplaceHolyhead, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1957-10-11

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Wales

    Dawn Roma French (born 11 October 1957) is a British actress, writer, comedian and presenter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    #336 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time#114 of 281 The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

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    Eric Linklater

    The Wind on the Moon, Private Angelo

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Penarth

    Birthdate1899

    NationalityWales

    Eric Robert Russell Linklater (8 March 1899 – 7 November 1974) was a Welsh-born Scottish poet,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Emlyn Williams

    Emlyn Williams

    Headlong, The Corn Is Green

    BirthplaceMostyn, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1905-11-26

    NationalityWales

    George Emlyn Williams, CBE (26 November 1905 – 25 September 1987), known as Emlyn Williams,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Siân Phillips

    Siân Phillips

    Private Faces, Public Places

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Birthdate1933-05-14

    NationalityWales

    Dame Jane Elizabeth Ailwên Phillips, (born 14 May 1933), known professionally as Siân... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Kenneth Griffith

    Kenneth Griffith

    Ireland's Unfinished Revolution, Thank God we kept the flag flying

    BirthplaceTenby, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1921-10-12

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Kenneth Griffith (born Kenneth Reginald Griffiths, 12 October 1921 – 25 June 2006) was a Welsh... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Denys Val Baker

    Denys Val Baker

    The Face in the Mirror, The woman and the engine driver

    BirthplaceYorkshire, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1917-10-24

    NationalityWales, England

    Denys Val Baker (24 October 1917 – 6 July 1984) was a Welsh writer, specialising in short... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Roger Rees

    Roger Rees

    Roger Rees-What You Will

    BirthplaceAberystwyth, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1944-05-05

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Roger Rees (5 May 1944 – 10 July 2015) was a Welsh actor and director, widely known for his... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Martin Amis

    Martin Amis

    Dead Babies, London Fields

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1949-08-25

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Martin Louis Amis (born 25 August 1949) is a British novelist, essayist, memoirist, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Harry Secombe

    Harry Secombe

    Twice Brightly, An Entertaining Life

    BirthplaceSt Thomas, Swansea, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1921-09-08

    NationalityWales

    Sir Harry Donald Secombe (8 September 1921 – 11 April 2001) was a Welsh comedian, actor and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Rachel Roberts

    Rachel Roberts

    No bells on Sunday, Song of the Unicorns

    BirthplaceLlanelli, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1927-09-20

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,Wales

    Rachel Roberts (20 September 1927 – 26 November 1980) was a Welsh actress. She is best... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Alastair Reynolds

    Alastair Reynolds

    Revelation Space, The Prefect

    BirthplaceBarry, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1966-03-13

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Series WrittenRevelation Space series

    Alastair Preston Reynolds (born 13 March 1966) is a British science fiction author. He... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ivor Novello

    Ivor Novello

    The Dancing Years, Perchance to Dream

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1893-01-15

    NationalityWales

    Ivor Novello (15 January 1893 – 6 March 1951), born David Ivor Davies, was a Welsh composer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Clive Granger

    Clive Granger

    Essays in Econometrics, Forecasting economic time series

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1934-09-04

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Clive William John Granger (; 4 September 1934 – 27 May 2009) was a British econometrician... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Elaine Morgan

    Red Sea Pilot, The Scars of Evolution

    BirthplacePontypridd, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1920-11-07

    NationalityWales

    Elaine Morgan OBE, FRSL (7 November 1920 – 12 July 2013), was a Welsh writer for television... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button