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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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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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