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Nick Drake



Julia Kreitman


Nick adapted the acclaimed memoir ROMULUS MY FATHER by Raimond Gaita as a feature film for Arena Films in Australia, directed by Richard Roxburgh and starring Eric Bana and Franka Potente. The film won Best Feature and many other awards at the Australian Film Institute Awards.

Nick adapted WHITE MUGHALS by William Dalrymple for Rainmark Films, Ralph Fiennes attached to direct. He wrote SECOND BEST BED for Ecosse Films and DEVIL IN THE KITCHEN, based on the memoirs of Marco Pierre White, for Scott Free.

He is developing an UNTITLED screenplay commission from See Saw Films, writing with Lucinda Coxon, and he is currently writing another UNTITLED commission, also for See Saw.

He is developing an original historical drama series for BBC Scotland, writing with Matt Delargy.

Nick’s RAHOTEP trilogy of detective novels set in ancient Egypt are published in 15 languages, and have been developed for television by Patrick Harbinson.


ALL THE ANGELS, about the premiere of Handel’s Messiah in Dublin, opened at The Globe in 2015 and was revived there in the Winter of 2016/17. It will receive a new Irish production in Dublin and on tour in 2020. Nick is writing a new commission, SERVER, for The Young Vic. His play BIRCHGROVE, for producers Ruth Jackson and Matt Byam-Shaw is in in development.

His original libretto BETWEEN WORLDS (ENO) was produced to critical acclaim at the Barbican in 2015,  directed by Deborah Warner, in collaboration with composer Tansy Davies, with whom he also wrote CAVE (2018) for the London Sinfonietta and tenor Mark Padmore. His libretto EARTH SONG for composer Rachel Portman, was premiered in 2019 and broadcast on Radio 3.

Nick adapted TO REACH THE CLOUDS by Philipe Petite, an account of his 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers, for Giles Croft at Nottingham Playhouse. He has also written a stage adaptation of Anna Funder’s prize-winning STASILAND. His one-hour play for young people, SUCCESS, was commissioned by the National’s Connections project, and performed at the Olivier Theatre and around the country.


THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (Bloodaxe) won the Waterstone’s/Forward Prize for Best First Collection. It was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His subsequent collections are FROM THE WORD GO (2007), THE FAREWELL GLACIER (2012) and OUT OF RANGE (2018). His poem “The Future” was recorded by Andrew Scott, and appears in Letters to the Earth (Collins, 2019). Nick has  collaborated with United Visual Artists on MESSAGE FROM THE UNSEEN WORLD, a permanent  poetic installation about Alan Turing at Paddington, and HIGH ARCTIC about climate change at the National Maritime Museum in London.  He has also published a study of THE POETRY OF W B YEATS (Penguin).

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