Scottish Sunday Express columnist Nicola Barry passed away aged 65
The 65-year-old, of Edinburgh, was an award-winning journalist, named the Columnist of the Year three times, and won another 24 accolades for her articles, campaigns and columns.
Over her long career she also wrote for several other publications, including The Press and Journal, The Scotsman and The Edinburgh Evening News, and had a brief stint as the editor of the Big Issue.
In 2007 she published her memoirs, Mother’s Ruin – a painfully honest account of her troubled childhood living with an alcoholic mother. Her first work of fiction, Fat? So!, came out in 2014.
Nicola’s friends and workmates described her as generous, witty and warm.
Scottish Sunday Express editor Ben Borland said: “Nicola was a warm, funny and inspirational colleague, not to mention one of Scotland’s finest journalists and authors.
The 65-year-old, of Edinburgh, was an award winning journalist
“She was always great company in the office, but my abiding memories are of those happy occasions when the Scottish Sunday Express team would decamp to her welcoming home in Edinburgh for the Tuesday morning news conference, fuelled by a whopping fry-up prepared by her husband, Alastair. The ideas and the laughter would flow, most of it inevitably provided by Nicola herself. She will be sadly missed.”
Nicola was a brilliant feature writer and columnist
Jenny Brown Associates
Nicola’s publisher, Jenny Brown Associates, also paid tribute to the author on their Facebook page, writing: “It’s with enormous sadness that we learnt of the death of our friend and author Nicola Barry today.
“Nicola was a brilliant feature writer and columnist who won 27 awards for her journalism.
“Her memoir Mother’s Ruin is a remarkable and moving account of alcohol addiction and its devastating effects on a family. Nicola was great company, funny and generous. We will miss her greatly.”
The funeral will take place at Warriston Crematorium in Edinburgh
The writer is survived by Alastair and his daughters, Joanne and Hazel.
Her funeral will take place at Warriston Crematorium in Edinburgh on January 31 at 1pm, followed by a service of thanksgiving in Colinton Parish Church at 2.15pm. Family flowers only. There will be a collection for a nominated charity.