'Patrick Melrose' Screenwriter David Nicholls and how he 'made the nation cry'

Room: Final Draft Hall
Time: Saturday 5:00pm

063 - (T)

with David Nicholls
moderated by Lucy van Smit


It takes a special kind of writer to be associated with Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, and Benedict Cumberbatch. In his decades of producing fantastic writing, David Nicholls has joined forces with all of them and more. David makes his – very much about time – LSF debut fresh off the success of SKY Atlantic’s outstanding Patrick Melrose.

Spend an hour exploring the depth and breadth of the man described by Rachel Cooke in the Observer as “The Man Who Made a Nation Cry”, in reference to his best selling, much acclaimed and much loved novel One Day (later adapted by Nicholls for the screen version starring Anne Hathaway).  

Delegates at this session will:

  • Get into the mind of one of the most prolific and successful writers in England today.
  • Examine why the classics still appeal to modern audiences.
  • Get a glimpse into the split personality it takes to adapt one’s own book.

Be it novels, original works or adaptations, David truly is a master of his trade – join us as we explore the journey he took to get there.

Appearing in this session

David Nicholls

David Nicholls – Screenwriter & Novelist

Credits include: Starter for Ten, Patrick Melrose

Award winning writer David's most recent work was Sky Atlantic's critically acclaimed 'Patrick Melrose' starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
David Nicholls
Lucy van Smit

Lucy van Smit – Novelist & Screenwriter

Credits include: The Hurting 

Lucy's debut novel The Hurting was brought by JK Rowling’s publisher – the legendary Barry Cunningham and Chicken House Books.
Lucy van Smit