Usher, Nora C. (F)

b. 15 November 1860. d. 15 March 1932. Nationality: English.
Poet and children’s writer. Born in Chatham, Kent, and lived in Kensington, London, with her parents, while also periodically visiting her grandparents in Cottingham, Yorkshire. Her father was a Royal Marine captain. Died unmarried in East Preston, West Sussex. Participated in competitions organized by *Kind Words for Boys and Girls* (1878-1881), placed advice essays in the *Girls’ Own Paper*, and then published extensive children’s fiction in the 1820s until her death in 1832 as well as several volumes of poetry (such as *Whispers of Time* [1930]). The *Chambers’s Journal* ledger entries for her poems refer to her as Miss Usher, and give her address as Westhall, Whitburn, Sunderland (for poem published on 5 July 1884; NLS Dep 341/369) and 51 Blenheim Cresc, Nottinghill, W. (for poems published on 6 December 1884 and 27 January 1894; NLS Dep 341/369, 371 — her parents’ address). Biographical information: “Nora Christina Ann Usher,” *Ancestry*; *Family Search*; Lee Atkins, *Encounters in the English Juvenile Periodical Press: The Reader-Responses of Boys and Girls, c.1855-1900*, Ph.D. thesis, University of Liverpool, 2019, p. 109. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 4
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Trifles 1884-07-05 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 12829
“Yes” 1884-09-27 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 12843
Mistletoe 1884-12-06 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 12853
To My Valentine 1894-01-27 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 13333