Anti-bullying lesson

Using extracts from her book Weirdo Mosher Freak, which details the murder of Sophie Lancaster, Catherine presented an anti-bullying lesson to older primary school children. Here is what one parent, and her daughter, thought of the lesson. My daughter came home and...

‘Great to work with, enthusiastic and reliable’

Catherine has worked with Citizens Advice for many years producing excellent articles about how we have helped local people. She’s great to work with, enthusiastic and reliable. She’s always our go to person when we want local coverage promoting the...

‘Went above and beyond her duty as a journalist’

Catherine was asked by my sons school if she could maybe do an article regarding their fundraising for a new wheelchair for him! Catherine in my opinion went above and beyond her duty as a journalist… she is a kind, considerate, empathetic person who spent time...

12-hours on the front line

I was very fortunate to be offered the chance to join a paramedic on a 12-hour ambulance shift to discover just what pressures staff are working under. Although it got off to a slow start, things quickly picked up and it ended up with a non-stop day after 11am. At one...

Big Issue features day in the life of GP

After spending a day with a GP Practice in Haslingden, my feature was used by the Big Issue North over three pages with four photographs. I was very lucky to be invited to join the practice by my good friend Dr Abdul Mannan and the patients were most gracious in...

National Recognition for School Paper

A state school newspaper produced in just one week was highly commended in the national Shine School Media Awards. Fearns Chat has been produced by since 2009, at first as an insert in the Rossendale Free Press when I was still news editor. After redundancy, it has...

Veteran’s Dutch Medal of Honour

Despatch Rider Lewis Banham spent the Second World War in Europe bravely delivering messages to troops on the front line. Now, more than 70 years later, he has been rewarded with the Dutch Liberation Medal for helping to free the Netherlands. The 94-year-old was also...

Raising Awareness of CRPS – Jack’s story

CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is an often misunderstood condition leaving the patient in excruciating pain with symptoms no one can see. Having interviewed Jack and his younger brother Jayden in the past about their dancing, I had already formed a bond...

Deaf tutor’s plea to have language heard

While Scottish and Welsh Gaelic are accepted minority languages, British Sign Language is not. As a result, when a deaf person needs to have an interpreter they can find that their ‘voice’ is someone with nothing more that a GCSE qualification in their...

School Papers Take Off

When I first started Catherine Smyth Media in 2009, my USP was creating newspapers in schools. Since then I have developed the programme to produce papers in a day, over a week, to cover a term or half term. Now I have gone back to the future – by that I mean...

‘Makes you feel relaxed and valued’

Catherine is a fantastic Journalist and person, I had the pleasure to meet her recently for an interview. She makes you feel relaxed and valued as she conducts her work. The article she did for myself covering my new business “The Actors Room” drama...

Blog 8 – Operation over!

So that’s it – all done. The butterfly shaped gland that caused me so much trouble has now been incinerated and I doubt I will ever know why I joined this merry-go-round. My thyroid has, I am guessing, been incinerated and with its removal from my body I...

Blog 9 – six months on and going strong

What a six months it has been since I was operated on and my thyroid disappeared into an incinerator.I have written this reflective piece because it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride but I hope an inspirational one too. The blog is printed below or click the...