Nicola Skinner

Nicola Skinner


A dandelion being blown by her young daughter gave Nicola the idea for her first book, Bloom. As a freelance journalist and copywriter, Nicola has written for the GuardianThe PoolThe National Trust, and many national magazines. One of her features on language led to a guest appearance on Michael Rosen’s Radio 4 programme, Word of Mouth. She lives in Bristol with her family.

Bloom will be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in April 2019.


Nicola Skinner @skinnerwrites

Shady West Indies ambassador impeachment

Doing a blog post on Debut books of 2020!
Publishers/authors if you have a debut book coming out next year let me know! Would love to include as many as I can!

Hey @penelopegprice saw this and thought of you x

Meet Danny. Danny gets up and goes to work. He works hard all day and then returns "home". To his tent. Where he sleeps because his pay is so low he cannot afford to rent. In Britain, a job is no longer a route out of homelessness

Here's an interesting article by @SuzannahEvans (co-editor of our Future Poems anthology!) on her recent writing residency at @gladlib and her reflections on self-care for writers.

the thing about working in bed in winter is that when night suddenly falls, ALL your curtains are open and you become convinced if you get out of bed now everyone will see you have been in bed and judge you. I will have to fall to the floor and crawl like a bear to shut them

‘A rip roaring adventure.... completely took my breath away.’ Whoop! Thank you so much @JeansThoughts for recommending Bloom 💗🌱🌱🌱

Have you entered the @bluepencil_edit pitch prize yet?

Specifically designed for new and unagented fiction writers, all you need is the first 500 words of your work and a 300 word synopsis 📝

Find out more and enter here: #writingopportunities

Doesn't look appealing does it ? but this is a peat core taken from a 6m deep peat bog in Carmarthenshire. Imagine how much water 6m of peat bog can hold. Now imagine where that water goes when you dig up the peat to grow petunias. Yes it goes in your living room

I’m here for Rod Stewart’s commitment to grimy authenticity

Just started this by @wstorr and I was hooked by the second sentence.

“Bloom was one of the first books I read this year, and nothing else has managed to top it!” Thank you so much Amy for including Bloom in this beautiful @mrbsemporium Christmas 🎄catalogue

I've had a few new commissioning editors follow me so HI!and commission me to write for you please: specialist topic of the day is female anger in children's books. Dm me for a more detailed pitch, and check out my website for previous work (eg Guardian) thanking you

As Philip Pullman once said / I don’t believe in god / but I believe in nature

Bloem – Nicola Skinner @skinnerwrites @flaviasorr @HarperCollinsHL…