My name’s Nickhola-Susanne and I’m a storyteller, writer and artist living by the sea near Brighton.
I began as a fashion & beauty editor, then health editor, on a series of national women’s magazines including Health & Fitness, Essentials and Good Housekeeping.
Over the last 25 years, having trained as a healer with The Healing Trust, I wrote 16 health books for mainstream publishers including Random House, Hodder-Headline and HarperCollins under the name Nikki Bradford. Then co-published a (quite rude) women’s novel with PenPress, and a book of children’s short stories with The Wildlife Trust.
When back injury stopped me sitting down to type for many years, I began creating artwork then co-founded and ran a community health initiative with 7 other complementary therapists called Holistic OutReach. Some of our initially free projects obtained funding and ran for several years, including services for Rise women’s and children’s refuge, a primary school and The Women’s Centre.
I’ve since been training as a shamanic practitioner with The Sacred Trust; and also – inspired by Dr Martin Shaw at the School of Myth on wild Dartmoor – found the courage to tell stories in front of actual people, and absolutely love it.
I’m also very excited to have been collaberating with some terrific musicians recently – including a top classical violin /cello quartet, plus multi-instrumentalist Eugene McCloskey – and found the energy of great live music takes storytellings to a different level. ‘My work’s highly interactive, so the whole audience gets involved using the props: everything from drums, rattles and thunder tubes to strings of flashing fairy lights or several metres of net curtain. And that’s just the grown ups.
I tell stories freestyle, without reading from a book. For as the poet Rumi wrote: ‘Learn things by heart! For they die of cold upon the page.’