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Norman Nicholson

Norman Nicholson portrait by Ray Troll
Norman Nicholson's home town.. Millom
Black Combe by Jan Fialkowski
Norman Nicholson, photo from special January 2014 feature in Cumbria Life
Millom at the River Duddon estuary on the Western Lake District coast
Norman Nicholson (photo: Millom Discovery Centre)
Tribute window to Norman Nicholson at St George's Church in Millom
St George's Church, Millom.. where Norman Nicholson is buried
Dazzling Workington Pier Sunset by Jan Fialkowski
'Collected Poems' by Norman Nicholson, published by Faber & Faber
'Wednesday Early Closing', Norman Nicholson's autobiography, published by Faber & Faber
Silecroft Beach and Black Combe by Jan Fialkowski
Clouds above Black Combe by John Troll
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Norman Nicholson portrait by Ray Troll
Norman Nicholson's home town.. Millom
Black Combe by Jan Fialkowski
Norman Nicholson, photo from special January 2014 feature in Cumbria Life
Millom at the River Duddon estuary on the Western Lake District coast
Norman Nicholson (photo: Millom Discovery Centre)
Tribute window to Norman Nicholson at St George's Church in Millom
St George's Church, Millom.. where Norman Nicholson is buried
Dazzling Workington Pier Sunset by Jan Fialkowski
'Collected Poems' by Norman Nicholson, published by Faber & Faber
'Wednesday Early Closing', Norman Nicholson's autobiography, published by Faber & Faber
Silecroft Beach and Black Combe by Jan Fialkowski
Clouds above Black Combe by John Troll

The sea to the west,
The land darkening –

Let my eyes at the last be blinded
Not by the dark
But by dazzle.

An extract from the poem 'Sea to the West', from Collected Poems by Norman Nicholson, published by Faber & Faber.

Norman Nicholson portrait (photo - Millom Discovery Centre)

Norman Nicholson (photo: Millom Discovery Centre)...

This special centenary year is a perfect opportunity to rediscover this exceptional West Cumbrian poet.

Norman Nicholson was born on January 8, 1914 at 14 St George's Terrace in Millom, West Cumbria - a traditional and modest Victorian terraced house and shop where he would live for 71 of his 73 years. The exclusive two year period that Nicholson spent away from Millom was from age 16 when he contracted tuberculosis and was sent to recuperate at a sanatorium in Hampshire. This proved to be an experience that would profoundly influence his outlook on life and subsequent years spent in Millom. It was this faithful dedication to his home town and region of West Cumbria that reflects with great clarity and significance in his poems over the decades. 

Devoted to capturing the reality of life in 20th century Cumbria, Nicholson’s poetry reflects an insightful appreciation of the industrial Western Lakes landscapes and towns, shunning any tendency to romaticise the landscape but rather representing a more authentic poetic interpretation of the Western Lake District. Romantic his poems are not but somehow they exude a passion and love for all the details, from the minutiae to the vast, from plankton and spores to the soaring mountain peaks and dazzling sunsets over the Irish Sea. It is hard not to be moved by the attuned, observational and beautifully lyrical language of his poems.

Published by T. S. Eliot and Faber & Faber and awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1977, and an OBE in 1981, this talented poet who died in 1987 today remains relatively and surprisingly unknown. To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of his birthday, we were very excited to launch a Norman Nicholson Poetry and Photography Competition supported by the Pennington Hotel and Faber & Faber.

The Norman Nicholson Poetry and Photography Competition 2014 is now closed for entries…

Winning prizes…

The Norman Nicholson Poetry and Photography Competition is supported by the Pennington Hotel with a superb prize for the winning entry of an evening meal* at the award winning Estuary Restaurant (*to the value of £60 & subject to availability).

Additionally the competition is supported by Faber & Faber with a copy of ‘Collected Poems by Norman Nicholson’ along with a copy of ‘Wednesday Early Closing’ Norman Nicholson’s autobiography, to 3 runners-up.

Collected Poems – Norman Nicholson, Faber & Faber

With its publication by Faber in 1994, this Collected Poems revealed for the first time the true range of Norman Nicholson's output drawing inspiration from close observation of West Cumbria where he lived for almost his entire life, and of which he was the most devoted, accurate and unsentimental describer and chronicler. Available to purchase at Faber & Faber here…

 

Wednesday Early Closing – Norman Nicholson, Faber & Faber

First published in 1975 this autobiography vividly recaptures long-past times and places and demonstrates their compelling influence on the whole of Norman Nicholson’s life. Available to purchase at Faber & Faber here


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