Amanda Nicol Different Stories



Image of painting - Sussex Downs in Winter by Amanda Nicol
Transition mixed media on canvas 60cms x 60cms

Inspired by walking on the South Downs, repainted endlessly while Mum was ill and dying, this is the only painting I have done this year. The merging of matter into spirit – the indefinable place where the two meet. A completely inadequate expression of the experience of the death of the woman who brought me life, who supported me through that life and who I miss more than I can say.

This painting is to be donated to St Michael’s Hospice, with thanks for their tireless work, compassion and dedication.



Autumn and I, Daniel Blake

Autumn scene mixed media on paper by Amanda Nicol
Autumn mixed media on paper A3

A friend told me I should send Ken Loach a copy of House of Bread. The central characters share a name and have more in common than that. Both up against an intractable system where kindness and humanity are the exceptions, not the rule. Sanctioned, sectioned – strangely similar words for what feels like punishment; for non-compliance to some constructed norm.




Dead Pets, Molly & Me

I dreaded losing my first dog, Jude, and it was every bit as bad as I’d anticipated. He died when he was 12, his kidneys failed after years of treatment for allergies and itchy skin, which we had managed with the care of an excellent vet, and regular sea bathing says Amanda Nicol.


Viva España

Photo of beach by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Viva España was longlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize 2010

Reg watched the two cyclists, a couple, wheeling their bikes towards the bar. Like a text book illustration of the difference between the human male and the human female in their skin-tight black Lycra shorts, so sweaty they looked spray-on, their every cleft and bulge mercilessly delineated like strange beasts in season.


Amanda Nicol Different Stories


Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Follow me

Amanda Nicol @amandanicol11
RT @KarenBa10864733: Day 2 #Hungerstrike Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe & Narges Mohammadi Have Had No Outside Contact With The #World Their Fam…

- January 15, 2019

Amanda Nicol @amandanicol11
Free my mother from the concentration camp in China! - Sign the Petition! via @UKChange

- January 14, 2019

Amanda Nicol @amandanicol11 Say No to Solar Panels in Hastings Country Park - Sign the Petition!…

- January 7, 2019

Amanda Nicol @amandanicol11
RT @KarenBa10864733: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's daughter 'wishes her mum be free' Now it is time for #British Government to take action a…

- December 27, 2018

Amanda Nicol @amandanicol11
RT @KarenBa10864733: No young #child should be separated from her #Mother & #Father for 990 Days, 3 #Christmases #Iran should be Deeply As…

- December 19, 2018

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This