Welcome to the website of the Norman Nicholson Society. The site aims to provide information about Nicholson and his work and encourage the study and enjoyment of this remarkable man's writings. Here you will also find information about the NN Society which holds regular events and publishes the newsletter Comet. The Society is based in Millom, on the banks of the River Duddon and in the shadow of Black Combe, and has a worldwide membership.
Norman Nicholson was born in Millom, Cumbria, in 1914 and lived there until his death in 1987 with the exception of two years in his late teens when he was sent to a sanatorium in Hampshire to recover from tuberculosis - an event which shaped his subsequent life. His writing career lasted from 1930 until his death and embraced plays, poetry, novels, criticism and essays. He is best known for his poetry and was awarded the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1977 and the OBE in 1981.
Read an appreciation of Norman Nicholson by Fran Baker, former archivist at the John Rylands University of Manchester Library, HERE.
Most frequently-asked question: Where can I get hold of Nicholson's work? The Greetings shop, 26 Lapstone Road, Millom LA18 4BU, has a range of Nicholson books in stock. Or try Faber & Faber HERE or Amazon HERE, or click HERE for links to Nicholson's poems online.
Melvyn to speak in Ambleside
The Society's president, Lord Melvyn Bragg, is to speak on the subject of 'Writing in Cumbria' at the University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus on Sunday March 8th, 2.30pm. In addition to his broadcasting work, Melvyn is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including a number of novels set in Cumbria. He is currently working on a new book which deals with his childhood experiences growing up in Wigton. The talk is open to the public; tickets are £5 available here.
'Your home, where your verse lives rooted like a tree'
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