Neil RichardsSceenwriter & Novelist
Neil is a writer in TV, games, interactive and more recently novels. He first worked in the UK film industry in the 80’s as a story editor and development executive, eventually becoming a producer in TV drama. In the 90’s he started writing TV scripts and also worked on his first game – Starship Titanic – with Douglas Adams. Since then he has created and co-created story and script for nearly 30 games: titles such as Just Cause, The da Vinci Code, the Broken Sword series, brands such as Pokemon and Sonic. His scripts have earned him numerous BAFTA, Writers Guild and IGDA nominations in the last ten years.
He continues to write TV and consult both in the UK and internationally, with a particular interest in interactive narrative. In the last four years he has turned his hand to crime fiction: the Cherringham series of mysteries for publisher Bastei, co-created and written with long-time writing partner Matt Costello, has sold over 250,000 copies and is a growing hit on Audible.
Neil is an advisory committee member of The Children’s Media Conference, a founding member of Storylab Australia, and lectures, mentors and teaches widely on narrative and crossplatform.