In all her writing Nicola seeks to extend the exploration of poetry and music into imagination and ultimately, performance. Imagination is also the key to her work in vocal anatomy, using colourful diagrams and symbols to aid and embed learning.

She has written columns for a wide number of national and local newspapers and for BBC Radio 4. She has been published extensively in music-related media such as The Singer, Classical Music Magazine, British Music and many other publications from The Times to BBC History magazine. Nowadays her scriptwriting focuses mainly on poetry, music and the magical interface between these two forms. She also co-writes (with Dr Alan Watson) anatomy books for singers with a focus on the sound and breath mechanisms.

Praise for A Singer’s Guide to the Larynx

The Wordsmith’s Guide to English Song

Poetry, Music and Imagination (Compton), in two volumes, offers singers an imaginative and practical guide to interpretation and performance.

Praise for The Wordsmith’s Guide to English Song

Creative Writing

Poetry & Script

Nicola wrote the script for the touring show Margarita and the House of Love and her recordings of Spanish songs have been used in an award-winning documentary about the Spanish Civil War. She is currently involved in several pieces of new writing for the stage and her latest touring show The Becoming.

Two small collections of poetry: Winetown and The Becoming were the basis for two touring shows in 2021/22. To order copies please click here.

‘A Brief History of the English Rose’ (online article here).
BBC History Magazine 


The Becoming

The becoming tour and concert commissioned by the prestigious three choirs festival and funded by the arts council

See the Tour version here:

Jazz concert version
New poetry, song settings and jazz improvisation around the theme of the sea.  
​See the improvised jazz version on YouTube here.

​Performed live at Three Choirs Festival

Casa Margarita – The house of love

A classical spanish show

​Energetic and sparkling ensemble in an innovative show of narrated stories, vibrant classical Spanish music, percussion, glorious Spanish art song and dance. Virtuosic solo performances from violinist Ed Brenton, pianist Guy Newbury and guitarist Gerard Cousins. Watch a short documentary showcasing Nicola’s show House of Love here.