Educated at Haslingden Grammar School, she went on to study BSc Computer Studies at Sheffield Polytechnic (now Hallam University) where she met Alan Bowmer.
Her first trip abroad was to South Africa in 1985 where she began to develop an interest in wildlife as well as landscape photography, but never had the time to take it seriously.
Work has taken her to many places throughout the UK and abroad, and she has rarely travelled without a camera of some sort, even if it is a compact camera.
More recently she and Alan have attended a number of photography workshops and taken part in photographic holidays to some spectacular locations around the world, the results of which can be seen at Aries gallery. In 2020, Norah completed an Open University Photography course. She is currently studying MLitt Orkney and Shetland Studies with the University of Highlands and Islands.
Growing up, and into early adult life, Norah would make some of her own clothes, including her wedding dress and one of her bridesmaid dresses in 1980.
She enjoyed embroidery but didn’t really have the patience or the time for hand embroidery and eventually bought an entry level embroidery machine in 2000. Since then she has progressed to multi-needle “cottage industry” machines, one of which can be seen at work in the workroom at Aries Gallery, and she now digitises her own designs.
Commissions Norah has undertaken over the past few years include embroidering various garments and badges for the Ness of Brodgar excavations display cabin, personalised towels for Dounby day centre users, as well as a number of customised special occasions cards and wall hangings for weddings, anniversaries, significant birthdays etc.