Patricia Nicol is a journalist and editor contributing regularly to The Sunday Times as an interviewer, features writer and reviewer. Recently she has written for the Sunday Times Magazine about the impact of the oil price crash on her birthplace of Aberdeen, celebrated the dynamism of contemporary Irish writing and interviewed debut author Emma Cline for the Sunday Times Culture and profiled London's new captains of culture for ES Magazine.
She is the author of one non-fiction book Sucking Eggs: What Your Wartime Granny Could Teach You about Diet, Thrift and Going Green (Chatto & Windus).
In 2015 she co-founded the Greenwich Book Festival, which she co-directs.
Born in Aberdeen and raised in Scotland, the UAE, Brazil and England, she studied English at the University of York and newspaper journalism at Cardiff’s Centre for Journalism Studies. She spent five years with the Sunday Times in Scotland, joining as a junior news reporter and progressing to the role of Scottish features editor before moving to London to spend the next decade working as the Deputy Editor of the flagship Sunday Times Culture section. Now freelance, she lives in South-East London with her husband and two sons.
Over the years she has interviewed many well-known authors, performers and creatives including Benedict Cumberbatch, JK Rowling, Jessie Burton, Gillian Flynn, Ruth Wilson, Paula Hawkins, Denise Gough, Antony Sher and Gregory Doran, David Mitchell, Ian Rankin, David Nicholls, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, John Green, Emma Cline, Michael Grandage, Amanda Lindhout, Helen Oyeyemi, Tanya Byron, Fatima Bhutto and done first-person journalism pieces with public figures including Bill Bryson, Jung Chang and Kirsty Wark.