Author Archives: Harry Nicholson

About Harry Nicholson

I once bred Beveren rabbits in all colours. Today, I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. On Amazon is my novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' Recently I published a memoir of my time in the Merchant Navy: 'The Best of Days'. I've a blog of poems, stories and art at:

New Review says that 3,297 book titles have been published so far today. An independent author can be lost in this ocean of books. From time to time my memoir ‘The Best of Days’ pops to the surface with another review. … Continue reading

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The Saga of the Vyner Brooke

  Take this away, Harry. Borrow it for a while. It’s written by my uncle. Tell me what you think of it.’ We face each other across the little lounge of his retirement bungalow in Skelton-in-Cleveland, ten miles from Middlesbrough. … Continue reading

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Swans out of the north, pushed by wind, sweep in like caped cavalry; lanced uhlans in flight from a broken field. A litter of sudden grey stones creep across the pasture – another drop of fieldfares late last night. Smoke … Continue reading

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A Painted Lady Year

It’s a painted lady year in Eskdale. She’s arrived from the fringe of the Sahara in large numbers. She’ll breed here, then her children will return to North Africa without map or satnav. Had a stroll around our small garden … Continue reading

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Actions have Consequences

The Garden of Karma Rain tomorrow they say, but sun today. Set the courgette plants out, four in a row. Cherish the exercise, bend and stoop, Ease them in, add a copper loop To baffle the molluscs. Then splat . … Continue reading

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Black Hole

I’m concerned about the black hole recently photographed – I’ve just planted my first early potatoes. I’m always anxious about singularities and such. Some years ago I was moved to compose this: FIFTEEN POINTS FOR THE END OF THE UNIVERSE … Continue reading

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While the sun shines

Lots of sun of late, which means our solar panels fuel the electric enamelling kiln. Here’s a few things the sun has made:

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What I did at the weekend.

I was called from retirement to be one of four judges at the Beveren rabbit club Centenary Show at Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Here we are again. Last time was at Leamington Spa about 28 years ago. A table of White … Continue reading

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The Best of Days … The Blurb: Here is a memoir of journeys into deep waters on merchant ships. There are tranquil tropical harbours and violent storms far from shore. We are in the wireless room when ships are calling for help. The … Continue reading

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A certain barn in North Yorkshire

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