Steph McNicholas

Steph McNicholas (1965, E) 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. Steph has branched out into radio news reading, presenting and voiceover work. Her first book is about her time working as a music journalist in the 1980s and her second is a journey through history and all the great music that has come from her hometown, Pontypridd.

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  • Town And Country Girl (2018)
  • When Ponty Rocked (2021)

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