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List of famous writers from Wales, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Wales is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Welsh writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Wales and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list features writers like Helen Grace and John Evans.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Welsh writers?" and "Which writers are from Wales?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Wales in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Wales, but they're all of Wales descent.

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Roald Dahl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 74 (1916-1990) 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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Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 69 Ken Follett is a film producer and writer.

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Dylan Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 39 (1914-1953) 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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Alastair Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 52 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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Bertrand Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 98 (1872-1970) 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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Russell T Davies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 55 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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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 81 Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he ...more

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Martin Amis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 69 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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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 76 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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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 59 (1925-1984) 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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Andrew Davies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 82 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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Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 61 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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Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers 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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Kate Burton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 61 Katherine "Kate" Burton is a Swiss-born Welsh-American actress and the daughter of actor Richard Burton and Sybil Burton. On television, Burton received critical acclaim for ...more

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Keith Allen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 65 Keith Howell Charles Allen is a British actor, comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, artist, author and television presenter. He is the father of singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Allen, and ...more

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Emlyn Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 82 (1905-1987) Emlyn Williams is a director, screenwriter and playwright.

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Jimmy Sangster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 84 (1927-2011) 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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Eric Linklater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 75 (1899-1974) 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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Rachel Roberts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 53 (1927-1980) 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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Kenneth Griffith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 85 (1921-2006) Kenneth Reginald Griffith was a Welsh actor and documentary filmmaker.

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Victor Spinetti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 83 (1929-2012) Vittorio Giorgio Andrea Spinetti was a Welsh comedy actor, author, poet and raconteur. He appeared in dozens of films and stage plays throughout his 50-year career and is best remembered today ...more

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Griff Rhys Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 65 Griff Rhys Jones is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner Mel Smith. Rhys Jones came to national attention ...more

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Harry Secombe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 80 (1921-2001) 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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Ruth Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 52 Ruth Alexandra Elizabeth Jones, MBE is a Welsh TV actress and writer. She co-starred in and co-wrote the award-winning British TV comedy Gavin & Stacey, and has appeared in many television ...more

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Ivor Novello is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 58 (1893-1951) 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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Clifford Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 73 (1912-1985) Clifford Evans was a Welsh actor. As a conscientious objector he served in the Non-Combatant Corps in World War II. During the summer of 1934 he appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open ...more

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Jo Walton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 54 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

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Joanna Scanlan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 57 Joanna Scanlan is an English actress and television writer, best known for her roles in various British comedy series, such as The Thick of It, Doctors and Nurses, Getting On, Little Britain, ...more

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Jane Arden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 55 (1927-1982) Jane Arden was a Welsh film director, actress, screenwriter, playwright, songwriter, and poet.

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Andrew Howard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 49 Andrew Howard is a Welsh theatre, television and film actor.

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Sara Sugarman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 55 Sara Sugarman is a Welsh actress and film director whose work includes Disney's Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Very Annie Mary. She has also appeared in films including Dealers and ...more

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Denys Val Baker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 67 (1917-1984) 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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Jon Ronson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 51 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

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Howard Spring is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 76 (1889-1965) 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

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Damon Rochefort is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 53 Damon Rochefort is a Welsh musician, songwriter and writer. He has had success in music in the 1990s with his band, Nomad, with the international hits "I Wanna Give you Devotion" and ...more

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Elaine Morgan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 93 (1920-2013) 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

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Jennifer Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 73 Jennifer Sullivan, often credited as Jenny Sullivan, is a Welsh children's author and former literary critic.

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Sean Mathias is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 62 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

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Karl Francis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Karl Francis age 76 Karl Francis is a Welsh film and television director, producer and screenwriter, associated with left-wing political causes. His work is inspired by the likes of Chris Marker and Ken Loach and ...more

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Gwyn Thomas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 68 (1913-1981) 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'.

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Thomas Pennant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 72 (1726-1798) 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

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Christopher Monger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 68 Christopher Monger is a Welsh screenwriter, director and editor, best known for writing and directing The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain and writing the HBO biopic Temple ...more

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Gareth Evans is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 38 Gareth Huw Evans is a Welsh film director, screenwriter, film editor, and action choreographer. He is best known for bringing the Indonesian martial art pencak silat into world cinema through ...more

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David Lloyd George is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 82 (1863-1945) 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

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Iain Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 75 Iain Sinclair FRSL is a British writer and filmmaker. Much of his work is rooted in London, most recently within the influences of psychogeography.

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Julian Richards is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 50 Julian Richards, is a Welsh film director.

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Dorothy Simpson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Dorothy Simpson age 85 Dorothy Preece Simpson is a writer of mystery novels and winner of a Silver Dagger Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Great Britain.

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Keiron Self is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
age 47 Keiron Self is a Welsh actor and writer most famous for playing Roger Bailey, Jr. in the BBC sitcom My Family. His other acting credits include Casualty, Lucky Bag and playing PC Claude Cox in ...more

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Kyffin Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 88 (1918-2006) Sir John "Kyffin" Williams, KBE, RA was a Welsh landscape painter who lived at Pwllfanogl, Llanfairpwll on the Island of Anglesey. Williams is widely regarded as the defining artist of ...more

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Stuart Cable is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Wales
Died at 40 (1970-2010) Stuart Cable was a Welsh rock drummer and broadcaster, best known as the original drummer for the band Stereophonics.