Tasting the Salt
Sheila Nichol’s poems tell of a life well travelled, with all the humour and tragedy that such a journey entails. We wouldn’t have life any other way, and these “mingled scents” of heavy sentiment and the beauty of the everyday create a charming collection with an international flavour.
Poetry Society Bulletin, Spring 2016
Whether she’s writing about the ‘dull red brick’ of Teesside, the ‘lacy balconies ‘ of Cyprus or the ‘rough embrace’ of the sea at Cottesloe beach, Sheila Nichols’ voice is clear and memorable in its wit and unsentimentality. She wears her life experience and her Scots heritage lightly but in this travel-themed collection one senses them just below the surface, giving us poems that demonstrate what’s what but aren’t afraid to celebrate life’s magic.
Sheila Nichols’ poems take us on a whistle-stop tour both in place and through time. From the Highlands of Scotland to Cyprus and Western Australia, back to her Teesside home, she paints vibrant pictures of love and reality, conflict and contrast, adding her own mischievous colours.
About Sheila Nichols
Sheila Nichols is an Aberdonian who has lived in the North-East for over fifty years. She began writing after retirement from the Civil Service in 1991. She is a member of the Civil Service and Public Service Writers and a founder member of Hall Garth Poets, Middlesbrough.
She travels visiting family and friends as often as possible and usually finds a few poems en route.