Nigel Williams

b. 1948

Nigel Williams was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1994.

Nigel Williams was born in 1948. His first novel, My Life Closed Twice, was published in 1977 and won the Somerset Maugham Award. Since then his fiction includes the bestselling “Wimbledon Trilogy” – The Wimbledon PoisonerThey Came from SW19 and East of Wimbledon, and a volume of short stories, Scenes from a Poisoner’s Life. He adapted The Wimbledon Poisoner into a successful television film.

He has also had a distinguished career as a playwright. His first play, Class Enemy, has been translated into more than thirty languages and is still being performed all over the world. More recently he adapted William Golding’s Lord of the Flies for the stage.

He has won many awards for his television and film screenwriting – including several Baftas, and both Golden Globe and Emmy Awards for his Elizabeth I starring Helen Mirren. In 2010 he was a judge for Le Prince Maurice Prize.