About Commonwealth Writers



Commonwealth Writers is the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. It was set up in 2012 to inspire and connect writers and storytellers across the world. We believe that well-told stories can help people make sense of events, engage with others and take action to bring about change.

“Though we share many elements of a complex history, we are divided by geography, and Commonwealth Writers provides diverse spaces for the exchange of ideas.  I have found CW invaluable for my writing life.”
Diana McCaulay, Regional Winner, 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, Jamaica

Responsive and proactive, Commonwealth Writers is committed to tackling the challenges faced by writers in different regions. We work with local and international partners to identify and deliver projects. Our activities take place in Commonwealth countries, but our community is global.

If you’re a writer: explore our site to connect to writers living and working in other places. You may find tips for developing your own craft or opportunities to get involved with our work. Subscribe to the site to keep in touch.

If you’re an activist and feel that our work could benefit yours, please get in touch. We are always keen to hear from groups across the Commonwealth that are looking for alternative ways to bring about change. We are here to facilitate collaboration between storytellers and civil society groups in their own and other countries.

If you’re interested in our work, please subscribe to hear more from us and the people we work with. Join our global community.

If you have any questions or feedback, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Lucy Hannah
+44 (0)207 747 6367

Sunila Galappatti
+44 (0)207 747 6554

Emma D’Costa
+44 (0)207 747 6328

Steve Willey
+44 (0)207 747 6277

Jake Franklin
j.franklin@commonwealth.int / writers@commonwealth.int
+44 (0)207 747 6262

Or you can write to us at – Commonwealth Writers, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HY, United Kingdom