Derek Parker was born in Cornwall. After working in provincial newspapers and independent television he concentrated for over a decade on radio, writing and presenting many programmes on the arts for the domestic and overseas services.
His first book, a collection of poems, was published in 1954, since when he has written over forty, many in collaboration with his wife Julia. They are two of the most respected figures in astrology, and their Parker’s Astrology is a worldwide bestseller.
Between 1985 and 1970 he was editor of Poetry Review. He has been Chairman of the Society of Authors, and between 1985 and 2002 edited its journal, The Author. He has been a member of the Council of the Royal Academy of Dance, and was for some time chairman of its development committee.
He has written a number of biographies including books on Nell Gwyn, Cellini, Voltaire and Casanova.
He and his wife now live in Australia.