Derek is a playwright and author. His first full length children’s novel called ‘Is‘ – about a girl who thinks she is Isambard Kingdom Brunel reincarnated – is published by Parthian.
Derek has also abridged many dozens of books, for Hodder Headline, Random House and Harper Collins among others, ranging from Jane Austen to Ruth Rendell, and has dramatised a large number of children’s books for audio, including several by Raold Dahl, and classics such as The Secret Garden, The Railway Children and The Incredible Journey,
As a playwright, Derek’s plays include a number of 1-act comedies and dramas – one of which, Another Life, won five Best Play Awards, while his series of full length comedies, featuring the crime novelist/amateur sleuth Agatha Crusty, has notched up many hundreds of performances in the UK, USA and Australia.
Other plays include: 100 Minutes, a play celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first UK-Ireland flight in 2012; Call Me Dusty – celebrating the 50th anniversary of the start of Dusty Springfield’s solo career; The Railway Children Lady – about the life of children’s writer Edith Nesbit; The Lady Vanishes – an adaptation of the classic Hitchcock film, and an adaptation of HG Wells’ novel The Invisible Man which earned four and five star reviews in a professional production at the Jack Studio Theatre in London in December 2019.