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Sandra Nicholls's Biography

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Ottawa, Ontario
Oct 2010

Sandra Nicholls has written two books of poetry, many short stories, and a novel, And the seas shall turn to lemonade, which was short listed for the K.M.Hunter Artists Award for Literature. Her second book of poetry, Woman of Sticks, Woman of Stones, won the Archibald Lampman Award, and a poem from her first collection, The Untidy Bride, took third prize in the international Stephen Leacock competition. She is currently working on her second novel, set in Malaya during the Communist uprising of 1948.


The most influential writer for me is Kate Grenville. When I read "The Idea of Imperfection", I realized it was possible to be funny and literary at the same time, and this was a revelation for me. My first novel, yet to be published although picked up by legendary literary agent Anne McDermid, strives for this tricky balance. I am also highly influenced by poetry, the first genre I began working in, and here I am thinking of Sharon Olds, Jane Kenyon, and Galway Kinnell.

Upcoming Works

And the seas shall turn to lemonade (novel) The blue-eyed soldier (novel) Ghosts and other mothers (short stories)


Anne McDermid

Recommended Links


Quarry Press, Buschek Books

Interests & Hobbies

Electric guitar, dancing, gardening, tennis.