Steph has been writing for more than thirty years.
She started writing for newspapers as a local correspondent on the Pontypridd Observer aged just nineteen, then trained as a newspaper journalist in Cardiff. In the 1980s, she was a reporter on weekly papers in London and freelanced for national music magazines including Record Mirror. She’s written for the Western Mail and was one of the team who helped launch Trinity Mirror’s website icwales – now named Wales Online.
As a press officer in local government for seventeen years, she issued thousands of press releases, wrote and edited web content and managed social media channels on a huge variety of topics. Over the past year, Steph has branched out into radio news reading, presenting and voiceover work.
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Pop fan Steph McNicholas grew up in Pontypridd, dreaming of one day becoming a Music journalist. Landing in London in the late 1980s, she called Record Mirror from a red telephone box, offered to write a review and began her stint as a freelance writer for the national Music papers.
This is the story of how a small-town girl got to spend her nights at sizzling gigs and her days around a certain female prime minister…
Town and Country Girl features over a dozen original reviews, including gigs by Big Audio Dynamite and Madness, as well as the Porthcawl Elvis Festival, the 1990 Reading Festival and a show by Ponty’s very own Tom Jones.