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Roy C. Dicks
Roy C. Dicks is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. He received his master's degree in library science from the University of North Carolina, and was a professional librarian for 27 years. He also holds degrees in English and drama from East Carolina University.
For Roy, theater has been a consuming hobby. He has performed 65 roles on stage, directed 34 productions, and spent 10 years as artistic director of a theater company in Raleigh. He is currently a contracted arts writer and critic for the Raleigh News and Observer, a position he has held since 1997.
His passion for Beverley Nichols led him to collect all 60 Nichols books and to visit four Nichols homes in England. His enthusiasm for Nichols naturally led to a theatrical lecture based on Nichols's life and works that he regularly delivers to garden clubs and horticultural organizations at such diverse locations as London's Kew Gardens, Atlanta's Flower and Garden Show, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Roy has assisted Timber Press with ten reprints of Nichols's books, indexing them all and writing introductions for half of them.
He lives and indulges in armchair gardening in Raleigh, North Carolina, and considers himself a world traveler — 30 countries visited so far.