bespoke Jewellery designer, food writer and food events
Nichola’s career has had many strands but she regards them all to be complementary and enjoys them equally. Born in Glasgow, Nichola trained at Edinburgh College of Art, gaining a Royal Society of Arts bursary, the Johnson Matthey Silverware Award and a travelling scholarship from the college for the most outstanding design student. After a post graduate year, Nichola started her career as a bespoke jewellery designer and maker. Her work is mostly for private clients but is also represented in many public collections, including the V&A in London and the National Museum of Scotland.
Nichola’s husband, John Fletcher, pioneered Britain's very first deer farm in 1973, as a reaction against the problems they found with livestock production in the early 1970s. While John concentrated on the management of deer, Nichola developed a hugely successful venison business – Fletchers of Auchtermuchty - which she eventually sold in 2012. Through her years of promotional efforts with journalists and through her own extensive food writing, cookery demonstrations and teaching workshops, Nichola was instrumental in developing the UK venison industry, a task which earned her an MBE in 2014 from Her Majesty the Queen for her services to the industry.
Nichola’s food writing career evolved from her involvement in venison, as she saw the need for sound venison handling and cooking information. This extended to game, meat in general, and also to the history and culture of food, all of which subjects won prestigious awards. For several years she worked for the Financial Times Food & Drink pages.
Nichola lives and works near Auchtermuchty in Scotland, where since 2012 she has been creating a new garden.
Information for researchers & Journalists
As well as being a world authority on her subjects, Nichola has appeared in many TV and radio programmes, ranging from making a venison haggis to folding table napkins for a medieval feast. Nichola has advised a wide variety of events from TV producers to University celebrations and private events.
Because there has been so much inaccurate information given out, Nichola is happy to advise journalists, film makers, writers and producers, or to appear in all types of media productions.