Welcome to Catherine Smyth Media

I am a professional journalist and have worked on daily and weekly newspapers across East Lancashire since 1988.
In 2009 I opted for redundancy and became self-employed using my writing skills and experience of working in busy newsrooms to create a bespoke business.

I have a passion for telling other people’s stories through words and am also handy with a camera.
Outside of work, I am a Cub leader and chairman of Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival Organisation.

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And my second story in the Rossendale Free Press is all about the fundraising interview in front of an audience at Haslingden High School - when my book on the murder of Sophie Lancaster be debated and Sophie's mum Sylvia will also be present.
Tickets on sale from 01706 217129 priced £5 - the event will raise money for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
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And my second story in the Rossendale Free Press is all about the fundraising interview in front of an audience at Haslingden High School - when my book on the murder of Sophie Lancaster be debated and Sophies mum Sylvia will also be present.
Tickets on sale from 01706 217129 priced £5 - the event will raise money for The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

I also found the cutting of my JJO plc story all about how Brexit is effecting businesses in the Lancashire Telegraph ... See MoreSee Less

I also found the cutting of my JJO plc story all about how Brexit is effecting businesses in the Lancashire Telegraph

Here's my first of two articles in this week's Rossendale Free Press.
All about the incredibly successful Rossendale Works scheme, getting people off benefits and into employment or work ready through sport. The 12 month pilot project is being extended.
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Heres my first of two articles in this weeks Rossendale Free Press. 
All about the incredibly successful Rossendale Works scheme, getting people off benefits and into employment or work ready through sport. The 12 month pilot project is being extended.

Review as promised
Evita
Bacup Royal Court Theatre
'Oh what a circus, oh what a show.' Argentina might not have come to town, but Bacup certainly did.
What a show and what an amazing production for an amateur company to undertake.
I will admit I thought that Jenny-may O'Reilly who played Evita must have been from away and have played this role dozens of times but a quick Google check proved me wrong, definitely local.
Apart from Madonna's film portrayal, I last saw Evita performed on stage in the Palace Theatre in Manchester, so I was curious how an amateur production would compare.
I have to say that Bacup didn't let the side down! Especially Jay Broadhurst as narrator Che, who had the most amazing and very powerful voice and provided the thread that weaves the rags to riches story together.
I felt Jenny-may really came into her own in the second half as Evita's character became stronger and I was mesmerised by the relationship between Peron and Eva.
Speaking of Colonel Peron, Connal O'Reilly, played the role with passion.
The standing ovation at the end was very well deserved.
Apart from pantos, not since I wrote my first review back in 1988 have I seen so many people at an amateur performance with loads of seats taken in the circle along with nearly full stalls.
Thank you to the band for live accompaniment, always so much better than pre-recorded music and to the producer, directors and backstage crew.
Amateur theatres deserve to be supported because our lives would be culturally so much poorer without them.
Last chance to see this show is tomorrow night - you would be mad to miss it.
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Sharon Connolly

Thanks for your lovely review x

Thanks Catherine, everyone feels proud to be a part of it. The directors, choreographer, set builders, painters, crew, lighting and sound have worked hard to get this result.

Totally agree about a live orchestra Catherine. I went on the opening night and was bowled over by the entire production

I have missed it and now feel mad at myself for not making time!

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