Over the past 10 years Nicole’s articles and essays have appeared in some of the world’s leading publications and more recently Nicole has applied her passion for story-telling to the world of books, which has included the incredible story of Irene Gleeson Heart Of A Lioness, and Lofty: My Life In Short, detailing the life and career of Australian voice-over artist Lofty Fulton.

Lofty: My Life in Short

Australian voice-over Artist, Lofty Fulton knows what it’s like to have the odds stacked against him: Born with achondroplasia, which is a form of dwarfism, his grandmother thought he should be locked away from the world. At school, he suffered years of relentless bullying; believing the lie he would never be loved or good enough. At 15, Lofty’s voice broke, giving him a unique gift that paved the way for his future.

Lofty: My Life in Short is a deeply personal memoir – of vulnerability, courage and humour as Lofty unpacks the events of his traumatic childhood, public bigotry; a failed marriage, the highs and lows of a successful radio career and his struggles with crippling general anxiety disorder, clinical depression and a serious gambling addiction.

Lofty’s story is a collusion of light and shade; a reflection on what it means to be human; to search for meaning and purpose. From brokenness to breakthrough, Lofty has slain many of his inner demons; rising to become one of Australia’s most sought after and recognisable voices.

BOOKS Lofty - Nicole Partridge - Journalist | Writer


At thirty-seven, Irene Gleeson was a broken woman. Her marriage had crumbled, her children were out of control and she had spiraled into a deep depression. This all changed the day she walked into a small beachside church and encountered God.
Ten years later, Irene was on a plane bound for Northern Uganda to rescue war-affected children. Armed with nothing but faith, courage and dogged determination Irene sold her two beach homes, said goodbye to family and hauled her tiny caravan 13,000 kms to Kitgum – at the time considered one of the most dangerous countries on the planet.

Under the shade of a mango tree, “Mama Irene,” as she was known gathered the children of war and taught them to read and write by scratching letters in the dust. And then, for the next twenty-two years, together with the Ugandans forged a ministry that would transform the lives of thousands of child soldiers.

On 21 July 2013, Irene Gleeson passed away after a yearlong battle with cancer. Her work lives on through the Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF).

BOOKS Heart of a Lioness - Nicole Partridge - Journalist | Writer