Derek Neale is a novelist and short story writer with an interest in drama and film, script and life writing. He has recorded many interviews with novelists, playwrights, autobiographers and biographers, and helped to design and write the course materials for a new generation of Open University writing courses, Start Writing and Creative Writing. He chairs the course Advanced Creative Writing. He gained his MA in Creative Writing and PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA, and taught fiction and dramatic writing at UEA for a number of years before joining the OU in 2003. Among his published works are A Creative Writing Handbook and Writing Fiction. His fiction includes the novel The Book of Guardians.