Nicola Easthope's ancestral roots lie in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, England and Wales. She was born in London, grew up in Wellington and lives with her partner and young daughter on the Kāpiti Coast. Since high school, Nicola has been active in environmental, social justice and peace movements. She worked for Greenpeace Aotearoa for a number of years, was a teacher, and is currently the Kāpiti Enviroschools facilitator. leaving my arms free to fly around you, Nicola's first collection of poetry, was published by Steele Roberts in 2011.