About Me

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Sandra Nicholls is a novelist and poet who makes her home in Ottawa. Her first novel, And the Seas Shall Turn to Lemonade, was described by one reviewer as “a comic tour de force,” and Ian Thomas Shaw calls it “a rare treat.”  The Third Road is her second novel, a work of historical fiction set during the Malayan Emergency in 1948.

“A gripping novel and a fascinating read.”

Frances Itani, writing about The Third Road

Sandra’s second book of poetry, Woman of Sticks, Woman of Stones, won the Archibald Lampman award , and was short listed the same year for the Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. A poem from her first collection, The Untidy Bride, took third prize in the international Stephen Leacock Competition. Her poems and short stories have been anthologized and published in the Globe and Mail, Room of One’s Own, the New Quarterly, Grain, and numerous other literary magazines.

Sandra works regularly with her husband, musician and composer Roddy Ellias, and her latest project was writing the libretto for Sleeping Rough, a chamber opera with puppets, which was performed to sold-out crowds at the Music and Beyond Festival  in Ottawa during the summers of 2018 and 2019.

She is currently working on her third novel, The Ornamental Woman, a literary thriller about a woman who hires a stranger to live in her husband’s shed at the bottom of the garden, after her husband dies.

Also in the works: a third book of poems, Songs for Invisible Ladies, and a collection of short stories, Aisle 16.