Adam Thorpe (born 5 December 1956, Paris, France) is a British poet, novelist, and playwright whose works also include short stories and radio dramas.
Adam Thorpe was born in Paris and grew up in India, Cameroon, and England. Graduating Oxford's Magdalen College in 1979, he founded a touring theatre company, then settled in London to teach drama and English literature.
His writing in various genres has garnered recognition throughout his career. His first collection of poetry, Mornings in the Baltic (1988), was shortlisted that year for the Whitbread Poetry Award. His first novel, Ulverton (1992), an episodic work covering 350 years of English rural history, won great critical acclaim worldwide and was awarded the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize for 1992.