Derek Neale is a graduate of UEA’s famous creative writing MA. He subsequently taught both script and fiction writing at UEA for a number of years, while gaining his PhD in creative and critical writing. He has won awards for his short stories, which have appeared in various anthologies and journals, and is the author of several books, chapters, essays and articles about writing, many written in association with The Open University where he is now Senior Lecturer in creative writing. During his time with the OU he has helped design and write a whole new generation of under- and post-graduate writing courses which have been studied by tens of thousands of students. He has recorded interviews with numerous writers about their creative process and also developed the OU’s hugely popular Start Writing Fiction MOOC. His acclaimed novel The Book of Guardians is a ‘detective story about orphans’, an ‘often touching examination of the philosophy of “care”, which tackles head-on the alienation and uncertainty of contemporary lives.’ (Victor Sage). For information about Derek’s writing and teaching see his website: www.derekneale.com .
Derek Neale in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?8 Birmingham UK
What do you love about Short Stories?The challenge of restraint and concision, and their infinite variety.
Do you write in other forms?Novels, scripts for stage and radio, essays, poetry, academic articles and teaching materials.
What distracts you from writing?teaching, the need to earn money, a compulsion to procrastinate
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?I play tennis, I ride a bicycle and I walk a lot
What is your favourite book?Le Grand Meulnes
Who are your favourite writers?Angela Carter, Raymond Carver and Ali Smith
Where is your dream location?Too many to mention - but where mountains or hills meet the sea - North Wales, Southern Spain
What one item would you put into Room 101?Committee papers
Do you have any advice for new writers?Anyone can write, only writers can edit
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