Since studying Fine Art in the 1980s, Nicky Harlow has had many occupations including ragrolling kitchens, shop display work, restoring statues, and running writing and art workshops for older people. She is currently an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing for the Open University, and continues to paint in her spare time. Writing under a variety of pen names, Nicky has been published by small presses for several years. Her book of short stories, Façade, was published by Skrev Press in 2007 shortly after she enrolled on the MA Creative Writing: Novel Programme at MMU. In 2008 she won the English Subject centre national essay competition writing on the topic "What makes a good English or Creative Writing lecturer?" The novel she completed duriing her studies at MMU, Amelia and the Virgin, was published by Pewter Rose Press in 2011.
She is a founding member of Pandril Press, a group of seven Manchester Writing School graduates who collected to form their own publishing house, and has edited and been featured in two of their anthologies: Panopticon and Weird Love.
She lives in Hebden Bridge with her two daughters and her "uncivil partner".
Personal Website: http://www.nickyharlow.com