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.
New members of the Norman Nicholson Society are warmly welcomed. Membership fees are £15 per annum or £20 for a couple living at the same address, and £6 youth membership (up to age 25). Check out benefits of membership here, including how to access the Members' exclusive area of this website. Please contact us via the Contact page.
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.
Chair's letter to members
Today our AGM was scheduled to take place. Unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic has put paid to that. The AGM will be rearranged when it is safe. Our chair, Charlie Lambert, has written a letter to members which can be accessed in the Members section of this website.
If you are a member, this is how you can gain access. Go to Log In/Register tab at the top-right of the Home page. Select ‘Register’ (‘Register’ turns black). Add your name (the name by which the Society knows you) and your email. Choose a password (we won’t know what it is, the password is private to yourself). Please check the box stating that you agree to receive promotional and marketing information, or the registration won’t activate. You will only receive the usual communications from the Society. We will not pass on your details to anyone else. Click ‘Register’ and you will receive an email from us as soon as your registration has been accepted. You will then be clear to access our exclusive members-only area on the website.
After your registration is accepted, you can access the Members’ area by clicking on the Log In/Register tab. Then, select ‘Log In’ (‘Log In’ turns black), and enter your details. You will then be able to click through to the Members’ Area.
If you have any difficulty accessing the Members’ Area, please notify us using the Contact form, or email email@example.com
Community Interest Company is formally established
We are pleased to announce that the Norman Nicholson House Community Interest Company has been formally registered at Companies House. This follows a decision by the committee of the Society last year to set up a separate organisation to focus on our project to buy and develop 14 St George's Terrace. The decision to adopt the structure and principles of a Community Interest Company was reached following advice from Cumbria CVS. We are grateful to Bridget Johns, Business Development Officer at Cumbria CVS, for her hard work on this, and to Copeland Council for providing the funding for Bridget's time. The company's aims are to acquire funding to buy the property, renovate and repair as necessary, create a worthy memorial to Nicholson which will attract visitors to Millom, and make a worthwhile and lasting contribution to the local community. News about the project will continue to be posted here.
AGM and Musical Festival are off due to health crisis
In view of the risks to health posed by the coronavirus the committee of the Norman Nicholson Society has decided to postpone the Society's AGM which was due to be held in Haverigg on March 28th. We apologise for the disappointment and any disruption to your plans. We will circulate key documents by email around the time that the AGM should have taken please; these will also be posted on the members' section of the Society website. A new date for the AGM will be announced when the situation stabilises.
We have also been informed that the South Cumbria Musical Festival, due to take place in Ulverston next week, has been cancelled. The Festival was due to include two poetry-reading categories sponsored by the Society in memory of Peggy Troll.
posted 13/3/20. updated 14/3/20
MA students explore Millom
The Society hosted MA students from the University of Cumbria who visited Millom yesterday. They explored Nicholson's former home at 14 St George's Terrace as well as other significant locations in the town including St George's Church. The students are on the university's recently inaugurated course Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District. They were accompanied by Dr Penny Bradshaw, course leader and head of English Literature.
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