Nick Drake is a poet, screenwriter, and playwright. His father was Czech, his mother English; he grew up in Hertfordshire, studied at Cambridge University, and then lived for several years in the Alpujarras mountains, south of Granada, assisting Paul O’Prey to edit Between Moon and Moon, the second volume of Robert Graves’ letters, and writing The Poetry of W.B.Yeats for Penguin.
Nick was literary assistant at the National Theatre, where he commissioned the first three series of the Connections Project; Literary Manager at the Bush Theatre; and head of development at InterMedia Films. His first collection, The Man in the White Suit was a Poetry Society Recommendation and won the Waterstones/Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It was followed by From The Word Go. The Farewell Glacier, is a book-length poem inspired by his voyage around the Svalbard achipelago with Cape Farewell..
His first screenplay, an adaptation of Raimond Gaita’s Romulus, My Father, won Best Film at the 2007 Australian Film Awards, and the screenplay was shortlisted for Best Screenplay. Theatre work includes: To Reach the Clouds, an adaptation of Philippe Petit’s account of his walk between the Twin Towers; Success for National Theatre Connections; All The Angels. Nick wrote the libretto for a new opera Between Worlds, composer Tansy Davies, directed by Deborah Warner, for ENO, which premiered at the Barbican, in 2015.
He has also written a trilogy of crime novels set in 18th Dynasty Egypt; Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead; Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows; and Egypt: The Book of Chaos. The books are currently being adapted for TV by Patrick Harbinson for Mammoth Screen.
The Man in the White Suit (Bloodaxe, 1999)
From the Word Go (Bloodaxe, 2007)
Neferiti: The Book of the Dead (BlackSwan, 2007)
Yutankhamun: The Book of Shadows (BlackSwan, 2010)
Egypt: The Book of Chaos (BlackSwan 2012)
The Farewell Glacier (Bloodaxe, 2012)
Out of Range (Bloodaxe, 2018)