Latest: August 24-26 2018 - Derek will be meeting and greeting at the Historical Novel Society Conference in Scotland.

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.


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


July 2018 - Derek attended the Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire
Derek Birks, Chalke Valley History Festival
October 2016 - Derek attended the Harrogat​e History Festival.​
September 2016 - Derek attended the HNS Conference in Oxford.
Derek Birks, HNS, Oxford