Nicola Griffith: Biography

Nicola Griffith

30 sep 1960

A native of Yorkshire, England, Nicola Griffith also holds a U.S Citizenship. She is honoured with a number of awards right from her debut novel. Nicola nurtured her writing talent right from her childhood. She won a BBC student poetry prize at the age of 11 and she read it in radio also.

Although Nicola had writing talent in her naturally, it took time for her to discover its extent. Before starting her writing career, Nicola taught women’s self-defense and was in a band. After having diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Nicola was unable to be active in her normal activities and so finally she started to focus on writing and moved to U.S.

Nicola’s first novel, ‘Ammonite’ published in 1993 was an amazing success and won the James Tiptree Jr. Award, The Lambda Award and was also short listed for the Arthur. C. Clarke Award, BSFA Award and Locus Award. ‘Slow River’, ‘The Blue Place’, ‘Stay’, ‘Always’, and ‘Hild’ are few other novels that brought her fame.

Not only novels but Nicola is a well-established essayist and short-fiction writer whose works have appeared in many journals. To understand and tell the world on how the gender discrimination works even in the recognition of talented authors, Nicola founded the Literary Prize Data Working Group in 2015.

Nicola Griffith was awarded the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize from the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2013. Nicola has won not one but six Lambda Literary Awards, the World Fantasy Award and Premio Italia. She is also the co-editor of the Bending the Landscape series of anthologies.

One can know more about Nicola from her memoir, ‘And Now We Are Going to Have a Party: Liner Notes to a Writer’s Early Life.