Coming Up:

A short story, New Dawn, originally written as part of the Authors Without Borders initiative, will be out in November 2020 on Amazon. It is part of the Last of the Romans series and is set after Book 2 Britannia: World's End.

Also out in November 2020 is Betrayal - an anthology of short stories which is the product of collaboration between 12 authors. My story is called: Death At the Feet of Venus and it is set after New Dawn. 

The final book of the Craft of Kings series, Crown of Fear will be published later in 2020.



January 2020 - Derek was a guest with Martin Darlington on a History by Hollywood Podcast about the historical accuracy - or lack of it - of Olivier's film: Richard III. The episode aired on  19th January and you can find it here:
September 2018 - Derek's first audiobook is released on Audible. Feud is narrated by Mike Rogers.
August 2018 - Derek helped to organise the 2018 Historical Novel Society Conference in Scotland

July 2018 - Derek attended the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire

Derek Birks, Chalke Valley History Festival


In September 2010 Derek guest posted on Mary-Anne Yarde's popular blog: Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots to talk about: Storming the Conventions of Historical Fiction.

One of my favourite characters from the Rebels & Brothers series, Hal, is a guest in a 'supporting role' feature by author, Helen Hollick. Click here to find out more.

Derek reveals more than ever ​before about Ned Elder, t​he hero of Rebels and Brothers on Alison Morton's Writing Blog! Read all about it here.

Characters in Motion - Derek dropped into the Layered Pages Blog to talk about one of his favourite leading characters: Lady Eleanor Elder, described by Paul Bennett in the Hoover Book Review as “one of the toughest women in fiction.”

The Rebels & Brothers series is featured in History - the Interesting Bits


Click here to find an interview I did in August 2017 with Diana at The Review Blog

Click here to read an interview with Stephanie Moore Hopkins about my historical fiction writing.

The Harrogate History Festival Interview 2016 with Sharon Bennett Connolly

An interview for BRAG Medallion with Stephanie Moore Hopkins

The Harrogate History Festival Interview 2015 with Sharon Bennett Connolly

Derek Birks, interview, Harrogate History Festival
Derek with Jayne Smith & Sharon Bennett Connolly

Brag Medallion
Historical Novel Society
Editor's Choice


April 2017 - Book 1 of the new series, Scars From The Past,  awarded a BRAG Medallion for excellence!

February 2016 - Rebels & Brothers Book 3, Kingdom of Rebels, selected as an Editor's Choice by the Historical Novel Society.

Longlisted for the 2017 HNS Indie Award.

July 2016 - The Last Shroud awarded a BRAG Medallion, so all 4 books in the series have now been given this award.