My Famous Collaborators

In coming up with my theories on story principles, I was immensely fortunate to work with some legendary names from stage, page, screen and industry who gave me their views on what they feel works for them and what they think gives a story a beating heart.

My gratitude goes out to:

From Film: Bob Gale – the Hollywood legend behind Back to the Future and the writer, director or producer of more than a dozen other movies.
From Theatre: Willy Russell Educating Rita, Blood Brothers, Shirley Valentine – is there a more influential name from the theatre in the last 100 years?
From Novels: Lee Child – around 16 million Jack Reacher novels sold in 29 languages and 43 countries – need I say more?!
From Television: John Sullivan Only Fools and Horses, Just Good Friends, Citizen Smith – a television comedy legend.
From Acting: Mark Williams The Fast Show, Harry Potter movies, Shakespeare in Love, 101 Dalmatians – insights from the actors’ viewpoint from this fascinating man.
From Publishing: Stewart Ferris – Author of around 40 books and ex-head of Summersdale Publishers – a leading independent UK publishing house – Stewart tells us how to put on the salesman’s hat, package our work and approach the media industries.
My thanks go to these fine gentlemen for providing me with some fascinating days and wonderful insights. The full transcripts of these conversations are documented in The Story Book. A version of the Bob Gale conversation can be read by clicking HERE.