Born and raised in Liverpool, Matthew De Abaitua is one of the most imaginative writers on the circuit. His books include The Art of Camping - The History and Practice of Sleeping Under the Stars, which fuses memoir, history and travel. His cult novel The Red Men was made into a short film starring Tom Hollander. He has had two Sci-Fi novels published in the past year. These are The Destructives, described as the most 'mind-boggling Sci Fi novel of the year' by Barnes & Noble in the US, and IF THEN, described as full of 'magisterial weirdness and logical surrealism'. Matthew will explore how he comes up with his original ideas and how he turns them into books. Matthew is also a lecturer at the University of Essex and he teaches on the The Novel MA at Brunel.