Nick studied English at Cambridge, and then lived for several years in the Alpujarras mountains in southern Spain where he helped to edit the letters of Robert Graves.
Nick adapted the acclaimed memoir ROMULUS MY FATHER by Raimond Gaita as a feature film for Arena Films in Australia, directed by Richard Roxburgh and starring Eric Bana and Franka Potente. The film won Best Feature and many other awards at the Australian Film Institute Awards.
Nick is currently adapting WHITE MURGHALS by William Dalrymple for Rainmark Films, with Ralph Fiennes attached to direct.He has also delivered his new screenplay OUT OF RUSSIA, to Paul Webster at Shoebox Films and the BFI. He is developing a new screenplay SECOND BEST BED for Ecosse Films and DEVIL IN THE KITCHEN, based on the memoirs of Marco Pierre White, for Scott Free. He has recently commenced a new feature development for Pathe Films and also has a new screenplay commission from See Saw Films.
Mammoth Screen are developing Nick’s RAHOTEP novels (see below) for a television series written by Patrick Harbinson.
Nick’s new play ALL THE ANGELS opened at The Globe, Summer 2015 and is currently revived there through February 2017.
His original libretto BETWEEN WORLDS was produced to critical acclaim at the Barbican in 2015, by the English National Opera in collaboration with composer Tansy Davies. He is working on a new project with her for the London Sinfonetta.
Nick adapted TO REACH THE CLOUDS by Philipe Petite, an account of his 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers, for Giles Croft at Nottingham Playhouse in June 2006. He has also written a stage adaptation of Anna Funder’s prize-winning STASILAND. His one-hour play for young people, SUCCESS, was commissioned by the National’s Connections project, and performed at the Olivier Theatre.
His first play, ANGEL, commissioned by The Shadow Factory, premiered at Salisbury Playhouse in 2002, and was revived at the Bristol Old Vic Studio as part of the new writing season in 2003. It was broadcast on Radio 3 in 2005 under the title MR SWEET TALK
He has translated PERIBANEZ by Lope de Vega, which was performed at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and THE BURNED GARDEN by Juan Mayorga performed at the Royal Court.
Nick has recently collaborated with United Visual Artists providing a poetic installation about Alan Turing at Paddington Station. He worked on a similar project with them The National Maritime Museum in London. His first collection of poems, THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (Bloodaxe 1999) won the Waterstone’s/Forward Prize for Best First Collection in that year. It was also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and has been reprinted. His pamphletCHOCOLATE AND SALT (Mandeville) won an Eric Gregory Award (Society of Authors). His next collection, FROM THE WORD GO was published in Spring 2007. He has also published a study of THE POETRY OF W B YEATS (Penguin 1991).
Editing and Development
Nick was Literary Manager at the Bush Theatre from 1990-1994, and then Head of Development at Intermedia Films until 2002 overseeing the creative development of projects including the Oscar nominated HILARY AND JACKIE, ENIGMA, IRIS, SLIDING DOORS, THE QUIET AMERICAN, and THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING. He worked with a wide range of directors and writers, including Anthony Minghella and Terrence Malick. He was a Literary Associate at the National Theatre from 2004 to 2006.
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