Nicole Blackman, a spoken-word performer from New York has been involved with a wide variety of musical projects, most notably supplying vocals on the darkly disturbing Golden Palominos album 'Dead Inside', in addition to recording with Bill Laswell, Scanner and KMFDM. Her edgy work straddles the uncharted territory between page and performance, leaving the audience sometimes amused, more often unsettled, with pieces that are funny, poignant, edgy and disturbing - sometimes all at once.

"Everything I write is a bit burnt around the edges" she explains, "and I'm most intrigued by stories of people with strange attractions."

Blackman has produced three books, 'Pretty', 'Sweet' and 'Nice' published in 1997, rounding off a trilogy of works she says are
"back-handed compliments for women."

Nicole arrived one blisteringly hot day appropriately dressed for a weekend in rural Sussex. The trusty Douglas (driver, not deviant) was by now beginning to get the hang of things chez Wilder and barely batted an eyelid at her jet black hair, bright red pouting lips, exposed midriff and t-shirt bearing the word 'slut' .....or something along those lines. He was a professional, and no 'dog-collar-wearing-New-York-loft chick' was gonna distract him from his task of unloading the bags - not even one with 'mistress' tattooed across her knuckles.