Nikki Smith, Nikki Wordsmith, Manchester Central Library, The Reading Room, Quarantine
Photo by @erikaneagle (Instagram)

Since Nikki Smith’s birth in a German army hospital in 1973 she has often wondered about the importance of an Oxford comma compared to actually getting stuck in and writing about people’s lives.

After a stint at Cardiff Journalism School she came to the conclusion it is important but not as important as giving people a voice who might not otherwise have one.

As a staffing journalist at the turn of the millennium she was drawn to stories about human interest, funnies and the occasional animal star turn. Lately as a freelancer she writes pieces about people and things that move her.

For instance: Artist David Shrigley described her piece on Big Issue Vendor Colin Britt reviewing Shrigley’s latest show How Are You Feeling? as the ‘best of the bunch’.

A recent career highlight was a trip to MediaCityUK in Salford to see the filming of TV quiz game Countdown. Within two seconds of the conundrum being revealed as ‘CAPTIVITY’ she almost got it right when she shouted out ‘CAPTIVATE’ at exactly the same time as the winning contestant.

PS It’s a bit weird talking about yourself in the third person, isn’t it?

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