Nicky Singer obituary


My pal Nicky Singer, who has died aged 66 after a stroke, was a author of fierce integrity and nice notion.

She had printed 4 novels for adults within the Nineteen Nineties earlier than turning to fiction for youthful readers with Feather Boy (2002), whose plot was impressed by a derelict home in Hove, close to her dwelling in Brighton. Tackling the topic of bullying, the ebook was tailored right into a Bafta award-winning BBC tv collection in 2004 and a youth musical on the Nationwide Theatre in 2006.

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Nicky Singer with the Bafta awarded for the TV adaptation of her kids’s novel Feather Boy

Additional kids’s novels adopted, together with Knight Crew (2009), which was tailored into a neighborhood opera, a course of documented within the BBC TV collection Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne (2010). Her play Island (2012), which was set within the Canadian Arctic and handled the consequences of world warming, had a profitable run on the NT and a subsequent faculties’ tour.

Nicky was born in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, the second of 5 kids to Geoffrey, an electronics engineer, and Sheila (nee King), a physiotherapist, piano instructor and homemaker. When she was 14, her father died immediately, an expertise that profoundly affected her. She attended Queen Anne’s college, Caversham, in Studying, and studied English at Bristol College, graduating in 1978.

Nicky started writing at an early age, profitable a narrative competitors when she was six. She wrote day by day, saying “writing is like respiratory, in case you don’t do it, you die just a little”.

When she was 17, she met James King-Smith, a college pal of her brother’s, who grew to become a barrister. They married in 1983 and moved to Brighton, the place James had chambers.

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Feather Boy tackled the topic of bullying

After working within the talks division on the Institute of Up to date Arts and as a researcher for a Channel 4 chat present within the early Eighties, Nicky established Performing Arts Labs, a charity that skilled new writers for theatre, display screen and opera, which she ran with Susan Benn till 1996. When, in 1987, her mom died of most cancers, she mirrored this loss in her first novel, To Have and to Maintain (1993).

In 2015, Nicky and I met by likelihood in a bookshop in Brighton and he or she informed me that she had been engaged on turning Island right into a novel. I used to be astonished to listen to that her publishers had rejected it for being “a quiet ebook”. Undaunted and with attribute single-mindedness, Nicky stated that she was going to self-publish. In admiration, I provided as an example it. When the manuscript arrived, I fell in love with the story and was delighted when Nicky allowed me 20 pages for illustrations.

Three years later, Nicky despatched me what I consider is her best novel, The Survival Sport (2018), a heart-stopping narrative of refugees fleeing the consequences of local weather change, set in a dystopian close to future.

Nicky wrote with a heat wit and a willingness to confront troublesome truths and defend susceptible folks and a susceptible planet.

She is survived by James and their kids, Roland, Edmund and Xavier.


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