Born and brought up in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Nichi attended Wakefield Girls’ High School and then the University of York where she studied English and Related literature, and specialised in feminist theory, literary censorship, neo-Platonism, and Petrarchan love poetry. After spending far too much time in the library, she graduated in 2006 with a First Class Honours degree. She then gained her NCTJ Magazine Journalism diploma from Harlow College and moved to London with a plan of hacking her way into literary journalism.
Following internships at the BBC, New Statesman, and the Erotic Review, Nichi began her career as a legal journalist at the Law Society before moving to politics at Standpoint magazine. Offered her first book deal off the back of an article she wrote for Stylist magazine, she then became fully freelance in 2012.
Nichi then spent several years in California working as a matchmaker in Silicon Valley and relationships coach and writer, before coming back to the UK and consulting for dating brands including The Inner Circle and Clickd.
Nichi was one of the first British journalists to court-report via Twitter, covering the 2012 obscenity trial, R v Peacock. Since then she has written regularly for the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Times, Sunday Times, Bustle, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Drugstore Culture and Tortoise, and was the Men’s Health Sexual Adventurer columnist for three years.
Nichi broadcasts regularly for BBC3 and Sky News, BBC Radio 2, 4 and 5 Live. Listen again to her BBC Radio 4 documentary, ‘Can porn be ethical?’ and her BBC World Service documentary, ‘Being Bisexual’ , for which she was short-listed for DIVA Journalist of the Year, are on iPlayer.
Her first book, Bound To You, an erotic memoir, is published by Hodder & Stoughton and was translated into three languages. Her second book, The Curious History of Dating: from Jane Austen to Tinder, is published by Little, Brown and narrated by Nichi for Audible.
Nichi frequently presents and speaks on TV, radio and at festivals and events on sex, relationships, dating culture and technology.
Nichi is represented by Anna Pallai of AMP literary agency.
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