Brodie Smithers could have been a contender. Once having had something resembling a freelance writing gig in the late Nineties in London which involved The Guardian Guide, Fono Magazine, The Sunday Times and The Independent On Sunday. Yet, slowly this eroded away as money, location and responsibilities loomed like an ominous spectre over his creative career. Like the classic comeback kid, a never-subdued sense of self-importance has propelled his fingers back onto the keyboard. Now living in Edinburgh, he play most things with a Boycott-esque straight bat, keeps his guard up and other such well-worn sporting analogies.
Writing, blogging and contributing regularly to online publications such as Sabotage Times (brainchild of Loaded founder James Brown), The Huffington Post (UK), Scottish Rugby Blog and papers such The Scotsman and The Herald (Scotland), he's found his zest for writing is still alive and well. Focusing mainly on the areas of Sport and Music he can also turn his hand to acerbic cultural comment and regularly updates his blog with cutting and intelligent humour directed at the ridiculousness of bad TV and the puerile nature of celebrity culture.
Examples of some such work are littered across this website as are some testimonials from employers past and present. So, if you’re looking for feature ideas, sports reports, music reviews, uniquely slanted articles on a range of subjects or a clever take on a current issue please get in touch.
"Without a word of complaint in two years, Brodie Smithers covered some of the most heinous crimes against music ever committed on the European Continent. He undertook these tasks with such good grace and humour that I still wonder if he was the fifth Vengaboy or DJ Bobo's secret twin."
Olaf Furniss, editor-at-large, Fono Magazine, 1998-2002
“Whether it's football, music, boxing or the inadequacies of omnipresent TV presenters, Brodie's copy is guaranteed to be engaging, funny and bang on the money. His pitches come thick, his articles return fast and he'd be a good man to sit alongside in the journalistic trenches...”
Owen Blackhurst, Associate Editor, Sabotage Times